TIME BOMB Y2K (2023) - L.A. premiere with filmmakers in person!
This highly entertaining, all-archival documentary recalls the phenomenon of the “Y2K bug” and the potential technological and societal breakdown it might have caused.
Dec 12, 2023, 8:00 PM
2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
Time Bomb Y2K
Directed by Brian Becker and Marley McDonald
2023, 80m, U.S., DCP
Los Angeles premiere, followed by a conversation with directors Brian Becker and Marley Mcdonald
At the turn of the millennium, a rumor started to spread into the mainstream consciousness about a ubiquitous error in computer code that would cause computers to reset during the transition from 1999 to 2000, making the world’s computerized systems grind to a halt. In this highly entertaining, all-archival documentary, directors Brian Becker and Marley McDonald recall the phenomenon of the “Y2K bug” and the potential technological and societal breakdown it might cause (as well as the merchandising boom it sparked) through a treasure trove of candid footage. Part nostalgia trip, part history lesson, Time Bomb Y2K is an immersive time capsule of a moment when the warnings of tech experts radiated out of cubicles and into the public domain, causing a wave of mass hysteria. An HBO Documentary Films release
Official Selection: True/False Film Festival, 2023; IDFA 2023
“A wild ride through the final days of the ’90s and a compelling portrait of a turning point in the digital revolution.” -DC/DOX
“Perfectly captures the cocktail of looming dread and nervous optimism that was the order of the day at the turn of the millennium – and picks up on a few harbingers of how things got this bad.” - Boston Hassle