As much time that we could all spend ‘nerding’ out about mobile devices, their features and specs, at the end of the day, they are simply just things, or tools I should say. A 13-megapixel camera is of no worth to an LG G2 owner who never once has the urge to shoot pictures; as I’ve realized that even more important than the devices themselves are the people who use them.
And when modern tech is used exclusively in making something so beautiful, such as “2×1,” a documentary film by Mendy Seldowitz, it’s not only impressive but appeals to us emotionally. It’s a pretty beautiful moment for techies.
The filmmaker, who is a native to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY, a neighborhood which is densely-rich in culture and history, decided to film a documentary about his area. Physically resembling a two-mile by one-mile rectangle on a map of the New York boroughs, Crown Heights is also largely inhabited by to two very diverse communities: people of Caribbean ancestry and Hasidic Jews. As you’d imagine, in the movie, tensions can flare and emotions may become very real, mimicking potentional real-life scenarios between the groups interacting.
Seldowitz and co. basically offered a loaner pair of Google Glass to anyone in the community who would accept it (note: the filmmaker was a Glass Explorer.) He and his friends pieced their findings together, making for one very broad and disparate sequence of content.