Film • Jan 23

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Set in a near-future Los Angeles, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right.

Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.

Directed by Spike Jonze.

This screening will be followed by a talkback with Sergey Razin (CTO, Swampfox Technologies Inc.) and Adrian Williams (IT Coordinator and Projectionist, Nickelodeon Theatre) discussing the feasibility, economics, and ethics of artificial intelligence.

Sergey Razin is responsible for driving product strategy and innovation at Swampfox Technologies Inc. As a noted authority in advanced analytics and machine learning, Sergey pioneered and holds patents in the application of these technologies in the areas of IT security, media, and speech recognition. He is currently leading the development of innovative solutions based on these technologies that enable contact centers. Prior to joining Swampfox, Sergey was the CTO of SIOS where he pioneered products in AIOps space, EMC CTO office where he drove initiations in areas of network protocols, cloud and storage management, metrics, and analytics. Sergey has also served as Principal Investigator (PI), a leader in research, development, and architecture in areas of big data analytics, speech recognition, telephony, and networking. He is a professor of AI and Entrepreneurial Engineering as well as Industry Advisory board member at the University of South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Moscow State Scientific Center of Informatics. He also holds a BS in computer science from the University of South Carolina.

As projectionist for the Nickelodeon, Adrian Williams quality tests hundreds of films and pieces of media. As IT Coordinator, Adrian handles general maintenance for the theatre’s two major projectors and equipment, as well as managing the technical organization of presentations and community events.  Adrian is the heart of all things tech for the theatre. In addition to managing technology for the Nick, Adrian is a senior at the University of South Carolina, working on his Bachelor’s in Media Arts with a minor in Film and Media Studies. As a member of the student led-organization 1080c, Adrian partners with other aspiring filmmakers in creating short films and documentaries.

2013. USA. 126 minutes. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief graphic nudity.