Exclusive: The world has been utterly transformed by the breakneck pace of technological change during the Internet era. As interesting and useful as that transformation can be, it can be hard to get a handle on just how far reaching those changes are. Fortunately, Werner Herzog and his soothing, dulcet tones has decided to try and make sense of it for us. His new documentary Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World traces what he describes as “one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing,” and we’ve got an exclusive trailer you can watch here.
The film is a deep dive into how virtually everything, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and even how we conduct our personal relationships, has been transformed by the online world. “I think this is the first coherent tour around the horizons of the internet,” says Herzog, who famously doesn’t carry a cellphone and only uses a computer for email and Google Maps. “Because my experience with the internet is limited, I came to it more as an outsider and could see the contours more sharply. I followed my curiosity and I think the awe and excitement come across.”
Produced by real-time service assurance and cyber security company Netscout, Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World features original interviews with pioneers and tech leaders including Elon Musk, Bob Kahn, and hacker Kevin Mitnick. “The Internet, even with its flaws, is the most important invention of our modern time. It is a powerful tool that permeates and drives all aspects of society and business,” said James P. McNiel, Chief Marketing Officer for Netscout. “It is our responsibility as benefactors of this invention to be vigilant and proactive in propelling and protecting it. We wanted to draw attention to how precious and fragile our “connected world” is.”
You can get your first glimpse of the film when the film world premieres during Sundance. It screens January 23 8:30 PM (The MARC), January 24, 9:00 AM (Temple Theatre), January 25, 12:00 PM (Holiday Village Cinema 3) and again at 9:00 PM (Salt Lake City Library Theatre), and on January 30 at 9:15 PM (Holiday Village Cinema 2). Herzog will be in attendance.