Plot & Details
Art, science and philosophy come together in this adventurous cinematic project from filmmaker Ken McMullen. A multi-media presentation which features film and video segments alongside live performances, Arrows of Time is structured around a cops-and-robbers tale which begins in 1971 and ends in 2006, while along the way its characters are involved in advanced physics research at Stanford University's Linear Accelerator Center. As the story progresses, McMullen weaves in such diverse elements as dramatic interpretations of the poetry of Jorge Luis Borges and John Milton, a demonstration of an experimental camera that can capture fleeting moments of objects in motion, philosopher Jacques Derrida explaining how a new grammar in cinema would effect the work of the ancient playwright Sophocles, and artist Joseph Beuys weighing the impact of the written word over physical action. Edited in real time to heighten the impact on the audience, Arrows of Time received it world premiere at the 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival.