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Friday, June 14
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

US Navy Memorial, Burke Theater

701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Love Machina


Peter Sillen

Executive Producers

Dawn Bonder, Marci Wiseman, Daniel Chalfen


Brendan Doyle, Peter Sillen


Conor McBride


Peter Sillen

Love Machina follows the stranger-than-fiction love story of Martine and Bina Rothblatt, futurists who believe we can build a better future for humanity through technology. In 2007 they commissioned Bina48, an “AI Mindfile” housed in a robotic bust based on Bina Rothblatt herself, as part of a multi-pronged attempt to ensure their love lasts forever. The Rothblatts are pioneers in satellite communications, organ transplantation, electric aviation, and cryogenics. Love Machina explores Martine and Bina’s optimistic vision that there’s a point in the future where digital consciousness, space settlement, and these different technologies will converge to radically change life as we know it.

Director, Love Machina

Peter Sillen is a New York-based documentary filmmaker directing portraits of individuals living and working outside stereotypical 9-to-5 situations. His film for SNY on the 1969 Jets, Mets, and Knicks championships won an Emmy. Based on a beloved George Plimpton article, his ESPN 30 for 30 Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball was nominated for an Emmy award. In collaboration with fellow filmmaker Jem Cohen, Benjamin Smoke premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for an IFP Independent Spirit Award and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. Sillen’s work has premiered at prestigious festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam, SXSW, etc. He teamed up with Kelly Reichardt in 2006 as cinematographer on Old Joy, which Manohla Dargis named one of the ten best American films of the year.