0s & 1s

0s & 1s

Morgan Krantz, Jeremy Blackman and Bianca Alatorre. Courtesy YGK Productions.

0s & 1s (2010/2011)

Also Known As: Zeros and Ones

Opened: 03/18/2011 Limited

reRun Theater03/18/2011 - 03/24/20117 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

Websites: Home, Facebook

Genre: Comedy

Rated: Unrated


Struggling with the recent theft of his only computer, LA cool guy, James Pongo, re-installs the operating system of 'real-life interaction', only to discover a generation of Users and Losers worse off than he.

Life is Easy 2.0 for James Pongo (Morgan Krantz). He has a cushy job, a busy social life and an alluring love interest all through the click of a mouse. But when he wakes up after a night of reckless partying to discover that his computer is missing, James' hyper-connected reality takes a nosedive. This sends him on a picaresque journey of interrogations and humiliations with the suburban losers he left behind. Told entirely through the websites, programs, games and social networks that make up our daily computer lives, 0s & 1s uses James Pongo's nihilistic adventure to question our growing dependency on these alternate digital realities.

Director's Statement

The predominant screen of our time sits on our laps and desks, 3 feet away from our eyes.

We spend 1...2...4...10 hours a day on the computer; moving around windows, listening to music, processing opinions, looking at others' adventures, uncovering info, making faraway friends, doing vanity searches, buying stuff, writing messages and entries and documents.

This is our behavior. For better or worse, this is our life. All of it is now natural. No one gets confused as they sit in front of the computer and see and click and process everything, all at once. It becomes intuitive. It becomes a common language.

Why not acknowledge that we are speaking this new language? Why not use this new language to tell a story?

Why not tell the story on that other screen? That 20th century screen, the big silvery one, the one people go to and get their stories in one epic serving.

0s & 1s is the new way to tell that story. 0s & 1s is the story that's going up on that big silvery screen.

--Eugene Kotlyarenko

Post Production

All along we intended the style and computer language of 0s & 1s to make for an unprecedented sort of film, but only in post did we realize how truly unique things would get.

After seeing a spatially enveloping 3D-projection performance by Andrew Schwartz and his battalion of adventurous artists, we proposed our idea of making a movie that was perpetually overwhelming, that gave the audience "too much, non-stop," and that really looked like a computer operating system. Andrew and his team took on the challenge, working around our limitations of time and budget, to help us independently produce an animated feature film.

A mix of live action and animation, "0s & 1s" might best be described as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" with the Toons replaced by an Operating System. While being technically innovative it also conjures up the creative spirit of animation milestones like Fritz the Cat, Toy Story and Waking Life - movies intended for the curious souls out there, the adventurous kid in all of us; perfect for someone who likes the endless creativity in a Pixar film but can also dig Cassavetes or Jarmusch.

Looking at it in the context of today, more than three years after we began the project, our language and subject matter are more topical than ever, where anyone with a smartphone or a laptop and a facebook page, has all the knowledge they need to enter our world, understand our new language, and walk away from 0s & 1s with their mind successfully blown.