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Chomsky vs. Chomsky: First Encounter

Sandra Rodriguez
Virtual Reality

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionNew Frontier Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA (2020)


Long Synopsis

Technology and User Experience

Director's Statement




Sandra Rodriguez
Creator and Producer


Michael Burk
Lead Designer (Schnellebuntebilder)


Cindy Bishop
Back-End Lead


Guillaume Petitclerc
AI Lead (Moov AI)


Olivier Blais
AI Lead (Moov AI)


kling klang klong
Music and Sound Design


Sebastian Huber
Producer (Schnellebuntebilder)


Marie-Pier Gauthier
Producer (NFB)


Bob Moore
Executive Producer (EyeSteelFilm)


Louis-Richard Tremblay
Executive Producer (NFB)


Hugues Sweeney
Executive Producer (NFB)

Photo : Karim Ben Khelifa

Michaela Pnacekova
Executive Producer (Schnellebuntebilder)




Created by
Sandra Rodriguez

Sandra Rodriguez (EyeSteelFilm)
Sebastian Huber (Schnellebuntebilder)
Marie-Pier Gauthier (NFB)

Lead Designer
Michael Burk (Schnellebuntebilder)

Technology Lead
Cindy Bishop

AI Leads
Guillaume Petitclerc (Moov AI)
Olivier Blais (Moov AI)

Music and Sound Design
kling klang klong

Executive Producers
Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm)
Mila Aung-Thwin (EyeSteelFilm)
Daniel Cross (EyeSteelFilm)
Louis-Richard Tremblay (NFB)
Hugues Sweeney (NFB)
Michaela Pnacekova (Schnellebuntebilder)

Supported in part by Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Lab Programs with a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Incubated at the MIT Open Documentary Lab.

Funded by Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive.

Press Relations

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won over 100 awards, including 21 Webbys. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.

  • About Schnellebuntebilder

    Founded in 2011, schnellebuntebilder is a collaboration between Johannes Timpernagel, Robert Pohle, Sebastian Huber, Michael Burk, Ann-Katrin Krenz and Felix Worseck to develop and create multimedia design and digital art. They work with curators, agents, musicians and artists to create animated explainer films, generative visualizations, audiovisual performances, immersive installations and interactive exhibits.

  • About EyeSteelFilm

    Daniel Cross spent six years making his first film, THE STREET (1997). The arduous production process alternated between filming on Montreal’s gritty streets with the local homeless population, and trying to ‘find’ precious 16mm film (i.e., he had to beg, borrow and steal). As a result, ‘EyeSteelFilm’ was chosen as a company name by founders Daniel and Mila Aung-Thwin, during the making of S.P.I.T. Squeegee Punks in Traffic in 1998. The production of that film involved sharing a camera with homeless Squeegee Punk/co-director Eric “Roach” Denis, setting the tone for the company’s interactive, inclusive direct filmmaking ethos. As EyeSteelFilm began expanding, Bob Moore joined as a partner with a deft focus on international co-producing. Today, EyeSteelFilm looks to work with engaged, like-minded filmmakers from around the world who seek to engage with reality using the language of documentary cinema.