Duo Security's A2 Tech Film Showcase will return on Friday, Jan. 18, with a series of eight short science fiction films demonstrating the consequences of technology.
The second annual event will be held at the Michigan Theater from 5-9 p.m. and will be hosted by Trey Boynton, Duo Security's diversity and inclusion manager.
Rik Cordero, senior media producer at Duo and founder of the showcase, says the event was inspired by Boynton's passion for diversity and inclusion at Duo and was originally intended to be an internal diversity workshop. However, the team soon discovered a wide interest in the idea among the Ann Arbor community and the event was opened to the public.
Duo has seen increased interest from sponsors this year and expects about 700 people to attend this year's showcase.
"This has grown exponentially and organically," Boynton says. "It has become a seminal event, and the community has responded well to it."
After the films are shown, Duo will host a panel discussion where filmmakers can explain their thought processes and the inspirations behind their work. Cordero says he is excited about the variety of filmmakers who will be highlighted at the event, including University of Michigan students and Detroit filmmaker Bree Gant.
"We're finding more voices and stories," Cordero says. "There's one international film from Spain that was brought to my attention from a film festival in Atlanta. ... It's a widespread showcase."
For more information or to register, visit the showcase's Eventbrite page.
Emily Benda is a freelance writer based in Ann Arbor. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of Duo Security.