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DOC SOUP: PICTURE CHARACTER - December 4th

Year 2019
Runtime 84 mins
Language English, Japanese, Spanish
Subtitles English
Dec 4
7:00 PM Eau Claire 5

A GLIMPSE INTO THE HILARIOUS WORLD OF EMOJIS - EXPLORING THEIR HISTORY AND CULTURAL IMPACT

 

"Everything you always wanted to know about emojis, but were afraid to ask." - The Hollywood Reporter

"The definitive documentary on emojis" - Now Toronto

Starting out as a limited set of simple icons, emojis have now ballooned into a pop culture phenomenon, appearing in Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.11.20 PM, Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.08.49 PM, and more. The colourful and fun ideograms are also changing the way we communicate with one another; they've become a language in their own right, one that is continually evolving. The language is user-generated, but a small, secretive committee called Unicode has final say on which emojis make the Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.15.00 PM. While anyone can submit their ideas, the competition is steep. In PICTURE CHARACTER, we follow a few people from around the Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.13.14 PM who feel that their respective communities deserve to be represented in the lexicon. They meticulously build presentations for their proposed emojis, hoping that Unicode will give them a Screen Shot 2019 11 05 at 12.14.29 PM. From humble beginnings in Japan, these picture characters now represent something much greater: a tectonic transformation of communication in the digital age.

Countries

United States
Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival 2019
HotDocs 2019
AFI Docs 2019
Sydney Film Festival 2019
Director
Ian Cheney, Martha Shane
Executive Producer
Fred Benenson, Peter Hess Friedland
Producer
Jennifer Lee, Ian Cheney, Martha Shane
Cinematographer
Emily Topper, Ian Cheney, Lucy Martens
Editor
Frederick Shanahan
Music
Simon Beins, Ben Fries