Conceiving Ada [videorecording] / screenplay by Lynn Hershman Leeson, Eileen Jones ; produced by Henry S. Rosenthal ; produced and directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson
- San Francisco, CA : L. Hershman, [1997 or 1998]
- Physical Description:
- 1 videocassette : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
- Additional Creators:
- Hershman-Leeson, Lynn, 1941-, Jones, Eileen, 1952-, Rosenthal, Henry S., Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Association relative à la télévision européenne, Hotwire Productions, and Complex Corporation
- Dramatized feature-film biography of Lady Ada Lovelace (Tilda Swinton), the daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron and themathematics genius who developed what became the world's first computer language 100 years before computers. Interweaves Lovelace's letters and published articles to tell her story through a contemporary computer scientist named Emmy Coer (Francesca Faridany), a woman obsessed with devising a means by which she can have an actual dialogue with the virtual Lovelace trapped in her computer. By using her own genetic code, Coer is able to collapse time and link her world directly to Lovelace's; realizing how parallel their lives are, Coer embarks on the task of "saving" Lovelace as the lines blur between past and present, virtual reality and reality. Also stars Timothy Leary as Coer's mentor and Karen Black in a dual role as the mother of both women.
- Experimental feature film.
"ZDF/ARTE, Hotwire Productions, Complex Corporation present"--Opening frames.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1997.
- Creation/Production Credits Note:
- Director of photography, Hiro Narita; editor, Robert Dalva; music, The Residents.
- Participant/Performer Note:
- Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany, Timothy Leary, Karen Black, John O'Keefe, John Perry Barlow, J.D. Wolfe.
- Technical Details:
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