At the time of Bingo’s creation, Landreth was employed as an animator at Alias|Wavefront, and the film was used to demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s new Maya animation software. Bingo was shown at both technology trade shows and traditional film festivals. The film received critical acclaim upon its release and even though Landreth did not submit Bingo to the Sundance Film Festival, but the festival organizers asked to show it anyway.
You can’t help but be captivated by Bingo’s sense of disorientation combined with wonder. The hidden message of Bingo is an antidote to our paralyzing, polarized world of misinformation. Here, you can watch someone be bullied into accepting The Big Lie, and it makes you think about all the other big lies you’ve been shamed into accepting.
Chris Landreth never experienced mainstream commercial success, but where others had the glory, he had the freedom and that was more important to him. I hope this Sci-Friday gives you some fun, some food for thought, and a chance to step back from the rest of our bizarre boring dystopia. After you do that, please feel welcomed to dive down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Have a great weekend! 🙂