Honda Premiered “Living with Robots” at Sundance Film Festival This Weekend

| January 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

TORRANCE, Calif. – As part of the “DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE” Documentary Series, today Honda debuted its sixth short-film documentary, “Living with Robots,” at the Sundance Film Festival and at http://dreams.honda.com.

“The Sundance Film Festival is the ideal place to explore new and diverse ideas at the intersection of art, technology and mobility,” said Barbara Ponce, manager of corporate advertising for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda’s new film takes a fresh look at mobility through stories on one of Honda’s most challenging dream projects – ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot.”

Directed by Joe Berlinger with producers @radical.media, “Living with Robots” investigates humankind’s keen interest in robots and how robots can challenge the impossible by saving lives while also holding the promise to become more integrated and helpful in daily life. The film highlights Honda’s ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, and the company’s commitment to researching and developing bipedal mobility and how the research improves technologies across the company. “Star Trek” and “Transformers” screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, academics, philosophers and several Honda associates and engineers are featured in the film.

“Our new film, ‘Living with Robots,’ features some of the most interesting subject matter we’ve ever covered in the ‘DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE’ Documentary Series. Acclaimed director Joe Berlinger really brought to life the fascinating story of the role of robotics in society. Many people are aware that Honda is researching robotics with the ASIMO project, but this film gives us a thoughtful and artistic glimpse of ASIMO and the future of robots that we’ve never seen before,” said Curt Johnson, creative director at RPA.

“Living with Robots” will be screened as part of special appearances by ASIMO for three days only at the Festival’s Village at the Yard. These demonstrations will highlight the advanced technology behind ASIMO and how a robot like ASIMO will someday help people. Screenings and demonstrations begin on Fri., Jan. 22 and continue through Sun., Jan. 24.

Within the Festival hub off Main Street at the Honda display tent, attendees can experience the Honda brand and Honda’s advanced products, by viewing “Living with Robots” and getting a sneak-peek at the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, while also checking out the zero-emissions hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell electric.

Launched in January 2009, the “DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE” Documentary Series is intended to speak to both the hearts and minds of consumers by revealing stories of Honda’s corporate philosophy at work through an intimate multimedia, interactive Web site. The campaign strategy was developed by RPA, Honda’s longstanding agency of record.

About Honda
Honda marked 50 years of operations in America in 2009. As a company devoted to the advancement of human mobility, Honda’s innovative research and development efforts during the past decade have yielded such diverse outcomes as humanoid robotics, walking assist devices, HondaJet, fuel cell electric vehicle technology, thin film solar cells, increased rice crop yields and functional nano-materials – in addition to the design and development of automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment products. Based on its belief in the value of technology to address the needs of society, it is Honda’s mission to develop products that anticipate and satisfy the evolving needs of its customers while meeting society’s demand for cleaner, safer, more efficient and sustainable means of transportation and human mobility.


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