Watch the THE MACHINE STOPS by the Freise Brothers. Based on the English author E.M. Forster’s novella of the same title, this visionary science fiction short film is a tale following two people living in a dark technological utopia dystopia, which Forster has deemed simply as “the Machine”. The characters, Kuno and Vashti, have differing opinions about the world which they live in; the plot follows their interaction and conflict as their society comes to a sudden collapse. Forster raises themes of man’s role in the midst of a technology-dependent built environment that are seemingly more relevant today than when it was published in 1909.
Completed as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts, NYC by twin brothers, Nathan and Adam Freise. "The Machine Stops" has toured the short film festival circuit and has been screened around the world including the following notable venues: PBS program Reel 13 (television broadcast); Los Angeles International Short Film Festival; Sitges International Film Festival; MetroCAF Animation Festival; New York City. It has also placed in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA 2009) and the Maverick Movie Awards for "Best Student Picture".