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A collage of a man looking directly into the camera doing various daily activities


Sam Klemke’s Time Machine + Q&A

Unclassified 15+

Seasons & Screenings

27 Oct + 28 Oct

Award-winning documentarian Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure) returns with another extraordinary character: obsessive, self-documentarian Sam Klemke. Premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this film explores notions of documenting life and contacting the unknown through the twin parallel stories of Klemke’s self-portrait mania and NASA’s Voyager Golden Record project, an audio snapshot of humanity that would try to explain to extraterrestrials who we are. 

  • Matthew Bate came to know Klemke along with the rest of the world when the video ‛35 years Backwards thru Time with Sam Klemke (Time Lapse)’ went viral on YouTube. It showed an ordinary man talking about the progress of his life each year, de-volving from a self-deprecating fifty-something, back to a skinny, optimistic, teeth-braced teen. 

    In 1977, Sam Klemke started documenting his entire life on 8mm home movies. Long before the  advent of selfies and status updates, Klemke offered wrap-ups of each year and his hopes for the year ahead. These direct-to-camera crosses are honest, illuminating and downright funny.

    The same year that Sam began his project, NASA launched the Voyager craft into deep space carrying the Golden Record, a portrait of humanity that would try to explain to alien life forms just who we are.

    Sam Klemke’s Time Machine follows two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel – one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck in the suburbs of Earth. It’s a freewheeling look at time, memory, mortality and what it means to be human.

    After the screening please join Sam Klemke in conversation with Director Matthew Bate.