CLOUDS: Pittsburgh Premiere

March 20, 2014 5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry,
CMU College of Fine Arts, Room CFA-111 

James George and Jonathan Minard present the Pittsburgh premiere of CLOUDS — the world’s first 3D, interactive, generative, documentary film. Free admission / refreshments will be served. 

Clouds is a visually groundbreaking interactive and generative documentary that allows the viewer to explore creativity through the language of code. Filmed using a new 3D cinema format called RGBD, CLOUDS uses a probability-based “story engine” to present an endless, ever-changing conversation about the role of computational thinking in contemporary arts and design. The interview subjects in CLOUDS are an intergenerational community of more than 40 hacker-artists and luminary thinkers, who discuss their struggle to develop new forms of visual expression that resonate at a deeper human level, and tell the story of collaboratively inventing open-source tools that form the foundation of a global creative culture. CLOUDS premiered earlier this spring in the New Frontier showcase at the 2014 Sundance Festival.

For more information about CLOUDS, see

CLOUDS Preview from Jonathan Minard on Vimeo.

CLOUDS features interviews with: Bruce Sterling, Casey Reas, Daniel Shiffman, Diederick Huijbers, Elliot Woods, Golan Levin, Greg Borenstein, Jer Thorp,Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Joel Gethin Lewis, John Maeda, Josh Nimoy, Julia Kaganskiy, Julian Oliver, Karolina Sobecka, Karsten “Toxi” Schmidt, Kyle Chayka,Kyle McDonald, Lindsay Howard, Marcus Wendt, Marius Watz, Nick Fox-Gieg, Paola Antonelli, Philip Whitfield, Rachel Binx, Regine Debatty, Satoru Higa, Shantell Martin,Sofy Yuditskaya, Theodore Watson, Vera Glahn, and Zachary Lieberman.

Directors: Jonathan Minard and James George
Producer: Winslow Porter
Executive Producer: Golan Levin
Music Composer: R. Luke DuBois
Design Director: Bradley G Munkowitz
Additional Programming: Surya Mattu, Patricio González-Vivo, Lars Berg, Jeff Crouse, Elie Zananiri, Reza Ali, Gal Sasson, Neil Mendoza, Omer Shapira, Jason Walters, LIA, Satoru Higa, Josh Nimoy, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Rosenberg, Marius Watz, Zachary Lieberman, Shantell Martin.
Design: Sarah Hallacher, Luisa Perrera, Erica Gorochow
Additional Sound: Jules Laplace
Sound Engineer: Brett Murphy
Audio Software: Dan Wilcox

Made possible with support from:
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry; the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier; the CMU Center for Computational Thinking; the CMU Computer Science Department; Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology; Kickstarter; Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business; Microsoft Research; National Endowment for the Arts; NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program; Pennsylvania Council for the Arts; and YCAM Interlab.

Clouds: beta from Jonathan Minard on Vimeo.