2017

Regional Premiere - AlphaGo followed by panel of AI experts

  • With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence (AI). On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and AI collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition coined the Google DeepMind Challenge Match. Millions around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history. AlphaGo chronicles the journey from the halls of Cambridge through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of DeepMind in London, and, ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul. As the drama unfolds, deeper questions are asked about technology and humanity.

Screening - The Farthest

  • The Farthest tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this August. The twin spacecraft—each with less computing power than a cell phone—used slingshot trajectories to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They sent back unprecedented images and data that revolutionized our understanding of the spectacular outer planets and their many peculiar moons.

Virtual Reality Showcase

  • Gocanvas and Washington West Film Festival are teaming up bring you a vision of the future of cinema. We've curated a short selection of the best VR films available today, and if you come out to the 2017 festival we will have virtual reality viewing stations to try out.