Thursday, October 1, 2020

|Podcast| LX 2048 - Guy Moshe


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GUY MOSHE (Director, Writer, Producer) 
Guy Moshe is a Writer, Director, and Producer, working in both Film and TV. 

In Film, Moshe has recently completed his new indie satirical sci fi drama, LX 2048 , which will be released theatrically in the U.S. in September. And then follow with releases in the UK and other International territories come November. 

Moshe originally broke onto the international film scene with his critically acclaimed film HOLLY starring Ron Livingston and Virginie Ledoyen. Released in 2007, the film has played in more than twenty international film festivals and received special recognition from the U.N. before its theatrical release. 

Moshe's follow-up film BUNRAKU starred Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Demi Moore and Ron Perlman. Narrated by Mike Patton of FAITH NO MORE with a 100 minute original score from famed composer and jazz giant, Terence Blanchard; this unique film introduced a whole new visual language, and was called by critics, “a cinematic masterpiece and genre transcending movie.” The film premiered in the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and released theatrically worldwide. 

As a filmmaker, Moshe prides himself on being an auteur. Having written each of his films to date they are all singular visions that are quite different from one another in genre, tone, and directorial approach. He is currently attached to direct several new projects, all of which he has written as well. 

In addition to his film career, Guy has developed a number of TV shows for companies such as HBO, Universal, Endemol, Sony, and the SyFy Channel across multiple genres. 

He has recently finished developing a series for Endgame and Ley Line Entertainment based on a book from Academy Award winning screenwriter, John Briley (Gandhi). This series is currently in the packaging stage and in advanced talks with several networks. 

As a producer, Guy has co-produced each one of his own films as well as three additional features for other independent filmmakers. Between the various productions he took part in, he has worked in over 15 countries across four continents. 

Guy has extensive experience in the Visual Effects space, having directed numerous motion capture shoots and video game oriented previsualizations, while collaborating with powerhouse commercial houses in both the U.S. and Europe (such as Imaginary Forces, Hornet and Chimney Pot to name a few). 

Before pursuing a career in Entertainment, Moshe, who was born and raised in Israel, served 3 years with Israeli Special Forces, and later spent 6 more years in the Israeli Foreign Ministry stationed out of NYC. 

He is repped by CAA and Echo Lake, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.



JEANBOOKNERD PODCAST 2020: SEASON 2 EPISODE 15
GUEST: GUY MOSHE
JOURNALIST: ANGIE AMEZCUA
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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT 
LX 2048 was a film that came to me in its entirety, almost like a stream of consciousness. 

Having been happily married for years, with three of our own kids to boot, my wife and I were suddenly confronted with collapsing marriages and tough separations from all over. Inside a period of two years, we have literally been intimately involved with six different stories of couples with children having massive problems between them. As is natural in such situations, one immediately starts to examine his own relationship choices and/or ideas about parenthood… And so did I… 

In conversations I had with some of these friends, certain motifs kept coming back. Issues of self-realization. Of individuals feeling like their happiness was sacrificed on the family altar. 

As all of this was going on, I couldn’t escape the notion that some of this general collapse of the family structure, is deeply rooted in the technological revolution and the rapidly changing world around us. Between my own kids preferring to view content alone on their own individual tablets (as opposed to gathering around the TV like we used to do). Online shopping gradually replacing the physical experience. Automated machines replacing our cashiers. Social networks abound replacing social interactions. Cars that self-drive… Internet dating… Food delivery from an app etc., etc., etc.… I had come to realize most of us have more intimate relationships with our phones nowadays than with actual living breathing human beings… Hell, even when sitting on the physical subway, or going out to a physical coffee shop, most of what you see is people engaging with their phones… 

Around that same time, I was professionally introduced to the cutting-edge technology in both the AR and VR space. It was mind blowing on many aspects. And I started thinking what will happen when the birth of VR evolves into replacing our personal devices as well (which is a true aim of the medium)? How will that affect life as we know it? 

It suddenly hit me we are heading into an increasingly isolated life experience. What use will we have as biological creatures in a world that seems to be digitizing in the speed of light? And speaking of light, I have always believed that light is in fact the only Godly presence in our universe. It keeps this planet warm enough so we can live here… It invokes the photosynthesis that creates the oxygen we breathe… It is the only tool helping us to measure the progress of time… 


I wondered how could it be that our civilization is evolving into a state of selfisolation and self-blindness, when we are social creatures who are depended on sunlight…? 
To me, the only logic in it is the idea that the true aim of any civilization is its own extinction. Or in other words, that humanity keeps evolving only to gradually render itself obsolete. But in this endless paradox, I find a great sense of cosmic humor. Because the majority of mankind grapples with these questions with a tremendous sense of existential dread… 

Where in fact, we are the ones to blame for it. 

This was the core idea of the film I wanted to make. I wanted to follow an average joe in Adam Bird. A man who tries very hard to be a good and responsible provider to his family. But that somehow still remembers he is first and foremost a human being - a biological creature. A sophisticated animal if you will… And while he still remembers it, the world around him seems to have completely forgotten where they all came from… 

For me, the best way to show it was through some outside looking glass. Adam Bird is on the petri-dish and we get to examine him. Hopefully, to the point where we can reflect back to our own lives, choices, fears, and of course, desires… 

In adopting this outside view I wanted to show how ridiculous we look like in the real world while experiencing our own pale manufactured alternative… It reminded me of school events where parents look at their kids on stage through mobile phones instead of actually seeing them with their own eyes… It’s like we are gradually forgetting how to live… 

I also kept wondering what would be the meaning of our existence in partial isolation from one another…? What would happen to our dearest concept of all – love - in a world that seems increasingly designed for fleeting encounters (virtual or otherwise)… 

I imagined a world like this would make God angry… And the wrath of God is presented by the sun (especially as global warming is indeed a true casualty of civilization)… 

I figured this type of world would have to be in some societal state of global depression. And comically, I assumed governments would have to deal with this by issuing everyone a pill to maintain law and order and meet less resistance from their potentially raging citizens… 

I finished the film in February 2020… We were planning to do our first buyer screening of it sometime in April… And then Covid-19 happened... 

And suddenly, we were all at home and isolated. Or wearing mask to go out. Our kids are going to school on zoom. Our work is done entirely online. We cannot get out or socialize like we used to. We cannot even date and meet real people like we used to. And we’re all just vying for some government issued pill/vaccine that will allegedly save us from all of it… 

Ironically or not, the only winner in this situation is our Planet Earth, that finally received a much-needed break from the pollution and the continuous torment we put it through… 

And I find some humor in all of this. As tragic as things may be. I always thought selfdeprecating humor is the best cure for everything. This is, of course, also the main thing Adam Bird lacks in his quest for happiness. It is the one advantage his clone has on him. And it is why I feel this satirical moral tale was so worth telling… So that we can reflect and smile. 

I always want to provoke thought with my films. That to me, is the biggest gift cinema can give us. To make us think, and reflect, and maybe maybe learn something about ourselves along the way. I truly hope I succeeded. And if not, well, there’s always the next film…


It is 2048. Mankind has by now destroyed the ozone layer to such a degree that normal human beings cannot be out in daytime. People spend their waking hours at night and almost everything is done inside the virtual realm. From work to school to socializing, most people just stay home and conduct their affairs from their Virtual Reality designated spaces. Mental depression has become so prevalent that the entire population is required to take the state issued pill 001LithiumX.

In this new world order, Adam Bird is a rare breed. Adam insists on waking up during the day. He insists on leaving his house and going to work in a physical office. He has 3 kids in a time when most people barely breed, and he adamantly refuses to take 001LithiumX, fighting to stay human in a world that is rapidly transforming into the artificial.

But things change when Adam discovers his heart is mysteriously failing. With no possibility for an organ transplant, Adam is now scheduled to be replaced by a cloned upgrade - an improved version of himself that will be supplied to his estranged wife as part of the Premium 3 government insurance plan. Spiraling out of control, Adam starts living on borrowed time, seeking to find a solution before his replica will be sent to raise his kids and replace his existence across the board.
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