I love Alaska
a film by Lernert & Sander
August 4, 2006, the personal search queries of 650,000 AOL (America Online) users accidentally ended up on the Internet, for all to see. These search queries were entered in AOL's search engine over a three-month period. After three days AOL realized their blunder and removed the data from their site, but the sensitive private data had already leaked to several other sites.
I love Alaska tells the story of one of those AOL users. We get to know a religious middle-aged woman from Houston, Texas, who spends her days at home behind her TV and computer. Her unique style of phrasing combined with her putting her ideas, convictions and obsessions into AOL's search engine, turn her personal story into a disconcerting novel of sorts.
"Every day we type in search queries without considering what they say about us.
But what if our searches were not only made public but turned into a movie?
You'd get I love Alaska... It'll make you think twice before you Google."
(Wired, Oct. 2009)
Read article in Arstechnica.com here
Holon Cinemateque, Holon (IL)
Sundance Channel Digital Shorts (USA)
Tromsô International Film Festival, January 18 - 24, Tromsô (NOR)
Online January 2009 at minimovies.org
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, February 13 - 22, Missoula, Montana (USA)
Belfast Film Festival, March 26 - April 4, Belfast (GB)
Private viewing, Lost&Found, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam (NL)
sander with frozen beard
cameraman Misha de Ridder