Extropy is the story of an ambitious medical researcher named Philip Zephyr who discovers the secret to human aging- and a way to stop it .
Phil is a lowly researcher at a state college who has big dreams. Phil
watches his father Frank succumb to old age and Alzheimer's and his family
struggle to survive on humble means. His goal is to create the perfect
life for himself and his family. As an obsessed workaholic, he neglects
his relationships with his wife Kate and friend and co-worker Cedric.
He is desperate for a breakthrough.
Extropy is about a man whose ambition overpowers his sense of right and wrong. Philip Zephyr, the main character of Extropy, is a man who wants to have it all. As a result, he does all the wrong things for the right reasons. He wants to protect himself and his loved ones from suffering by exploiting an amazing discovery. His good intentions are clouded and ultimately destroyed by his own selfishness and impatience (his desire for wealth, fame, and youth). These are classic themes that run rampant throughout all art forms.
So what makes Extropy fresh and worthwhile?
The film takes place in our modern world at the intersection of science,
technology, ethics, politics, and morality where the rules and boundaries
have yet to be fully determined. The advances being made today in science
and technology are the last true frontier of discovery. The film attempts
to raise moral and ethical questions about the value and impact of those
discoveries. The film addresses the gray area that exists on this frontier
where the lines begin to blur between science, politics, religion, and
philosophy as each new discovery reveals a greater complexity.
Why this film?
I feel it is our responsibility to know as much as we can about ourselves
and the world around us, especially as knowledge and information evolve
at exponential speeds. Good films often engage us on a psychological level
but very few films attempt to do this on a biological level. My goal is
to make a film that addresses both aspects of our personhood. The science
of our bodies affects every choice we make and yet our understanding of
how it works is so limited. I hope this film will inspire its audience
to cultivate a more profound understanding of themselves, the world and
the forces that drive it
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