The Filmcraziest Show with Benjamin Ross Hayden and Shannon Joel Chappell for Parallel Minds

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by writer and director Benjamin Ross Hayden and art director Shannon Joel Chappell, to discuss their new film Parallel Minds, which played early this month at Toronto’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival.

The plot: In the near future, an A.I. called URM is investigated by a detective named Thomas Elliot (Greg Bryk) and a researcher, Margo Elson (Tommie Amber-Pirie), for a lab about to release a contact lens with the power to record what the eye can see to recreate memories. The film is written and directed by Benjamin Ross Hayden and also stars Neil Napier, Madison Walsh, Michelle Thrush, Wilma Pelly and Chelsea Green. (My review of the film can be found here.)

On the episode, we discuss the Indigenous aspect of the film; the art direction and shapes of some of the rooms; we talk good and the film’s interpretation of artificial intelligence and where technology could lead us; as well as what it was like having Canadian wrestler Chelsea Green in the film and a discussion about a very interesting deleted scene. There’s much more, too.

A quick note about spoilers, as the main spoiler flag here is for 27:50-29:35.

You can listen to the episode below or go here to download it.

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