POLYESTER MIND CONTROL: A MISREMEMBERED MEMOIR OR THE CULTS IN SILICON VALLEY

By Tyler HUBBY

BURNING BRIDGES LIMITED - as PROD

Biography - Development 2017

A neurological archaeology film by Tyler Hubby

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Biography, Historical, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tyler HUBBY
    • Producer(s)
    • Paul WILLIAMS (Burning Bridges Limited), Christine BEEBE
    • Synopsis
    • Silicon Valley in the 1970’s was a place of utopian ideals and techie dreams swathed in long hair, beige slacks and cookie cutter homes. Atari and Apple computers had begun changing the way businesses imagined themselves. Just to the north in San Francisco, during the psychedelic comedown, Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple was on a collision course with fatal notoriety and Werner Erhard was cashing in on his confrontational and controversial personal growth ‘technology’ known as est. The Bay Area was exploding with visionaries, gurus, and con men.

      Generic, suburban office parks and hotel conference rooms housed the new brainwashing, the new contextual spaces for the yet to be realized future. Technology was beginning to merge with pop psychology. Efforts were underway to expand consciousness not with drugs like in the previous decade but with technology and control. They were the new Gnostics forming their own cults with their own languages and protocols. Secret knowledge being invented in real time by its practitioners; The new Gurus. Steve Jobs dropped acid and saw the future while est trainers throughout the world were getting people to “get it” and understand their own inherent perfection. Ex yippie Jerry Rubin embraced est and Apple Computers as he saw the new way to discover the self within the self.

      In 1975 filmmaker Tyler Hubby was one of the youngest graduates of est, His parents, both graduates and late blooming suburban hippies-lite, lied about his age on the application form and got him in at just over six years of age. The cutoff was seven. Simultaneously, in a little town called Cupertino, his family’s next door neighbor had just capitalized two young Steves’ computer startup in a modest garage. There was no way to escape the tech explosion, for then the hardware was still the mind.

      This film follows Tyler on a humorous first person journey into the patchy regions of his forgotten childhood as he tries to unlock the programming that was inserted before his 7th birthday. He will travel back to the Silicon Valley of his youth, now the world capital of digital life, to look for a connection between the brave new world of consciousness programming and the tech boom. Is it a coincidence that the center of consciousness expansion and new age spirituality would become home base for innovators like Intel, Apple, Google, Facebook, and countless others? Is the digital revolution the new spirituality they were all searching for in the analog age but didn’t yet know it?

      With a dizzying collage of archival clips and original material, filmmaker Tyler Hubby reconstructs his childhood during that fecund time with a droll, deadpan narration that weaves together memories both true, and slightly not, seeking to understand, “why here?”
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