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Director:Ben Lewis
Screenplay: Ben Lewis
Photography: Frank-Peter Lehmann
Sdition: Simon Barker
Sound: Lucas Ariel Vallejos
Music: Lucas Ariel Vallejos
Producers: bettina Walter
Executive producers: Carles Brugueras
Production: Polar Star Film and BLTV

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Google and the World Brain

Ben Lewis
89' / 2012 / Spain, United Kingdom
Web: www.googleandtheworldbrain.com
English, Spanish, Catalan, German
English and spanish subtitled

Audience vote 7.03

The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and the people who tried to stop it. In 1937 HG Wells predicted the creation of the "World Brain", a giant global library that contained all human knowledge which would lead to a new form of higher intelligence. Seventy year later the realisation of that dream was underway, as Google scanned millions and millions of books for its Google Books website. But over half those books were still in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop them, climaxing in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet, set in spectacular locations in China, USA, Europe and Latin America.

Main Festivals & Awards

Sundance 2013, Competición Mundial de Documentales, junio 2013 / Sundance 2013 World Documentary Competition jan 2013
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cleveland (37ª edición) – Competición Standing up, Abril 2013 / - 37th Cleveland Film Festival – Standing Up Competition, April 2013
Festival Internacional de Cine RiverRun 2013, Competición de Largometrajes Documentales, Abril 2013 / RiverRun International Film Festival 2013, Documentary features competition, April 2013
56 edición del Festival Internacional de Cine de San Francisco Abril - Mayo 2013 / 56th San Francisco International Film Festival April - May 2013
Festival de Cine Documental DOXA (visionado en la gala de mitad de semana, parte del especial Spotlight on the Future), Mayo 2013 / DOXA Documentary Film Festival (midweek gala screening, part of special Spotlight on the Future), May 2013

Director's Biography

Ben Lewis is an award-winning documentary film-maker, author and art critic, whose films are commissioned by the BBC, Arte and a long list of broadcasters from Europe, North America and Australia.
Ben studied history and history of art in Cambridge and Berlin. In his twenties he worked at MTV, DJ-ed and briefly ran a record label before working on numerous magazine programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. In 2001 he established his own documentary and film production company, BLTV.
Ben Lewis has made feature documentaries and series on highly topical subjects, which have provoked public debate and influenced political decision-making.
'The Great Contemporary Art Bubble' stimulated an international controversy about the fairness of the art market in 2009, while 'Blowing Up Paradise: French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific‘ (2004) is credited with influencing the French government's decision to compensate its soldiers and citizens who suffered illnesses after working for on atomic installations in Tahiti. 
Ben is has just finished making ’
Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty‘ for the global ’Why Poverty?’ documentary season and online campaign. The film will be shown on over 70 TV channels and premiered recently at the IDFA documentary festival.
Among his credits are ’
The Great Contemporary Art Bubble‘ (shown on BBC, Arte, and at film festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Copenhagen, Florence (Lo Schermo del Arte), Cleveland, Minneopolis, Mendocino, Newport Beach, it opened the inaugural Tel Aviv Arts Film Festival and won best feature documentary at the Foyle International Film Festival), ’The King of Communism: the pomp and pageantry Nicolae Ceausescu‘ (Grierson Award 2002); ’What Brits Love‘, a five-part series for Arte about Britishness; ’Hammer and Tickle: the Communist Joke Book‘ (premiered at the New York Tribeca Film Festival 2006 and won best documentary at the Zurich Film Festival in the same year). ’Art Safari‘ (shown in the UK, Europe, Australia and America, winner of a bronze at the New York Television Awards and a German Grimme Prize in 2007). ’Art Safari‘ featured films on Maurizio Cattelan, Takashi Murakami, Matthew Barney, Sophie Calle and Wim Delvoye, among others. He also produced a limited edition ‘Art Safari’ film on DVD, commissioned by the Deutsche Bank for their exhibition ‘Affinities’ at the Deutsche Guggenheim in 2007 Ben wrote a monthly column on art for Prospect magazine 2004-2010. His articles have also been widely published in the Evening Standard, The Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Financial Times and Sunday Telegraph in the UK, Monopol magazine in Germany and Programma in Israel.
Finally, his first book, “
Hammer and Tickle”, a history of humour under Communism, based on his eponymously titled documentary, was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in 2008. It has so far been published in America, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia and Italy.


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