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2002, 85 minutes, color. Winner of over 30 awards, "Robot Stories" is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies, robot toys, android office workers, and digital immortality. John Petrakis of the Chicago Tribune calls the film "one of the most moving pieces I've seen all year" while Entertainment Insiders calls it a "genuinely stirring indie rarity"

Written and directed by Greg Pak; produced by Kim Ima and Karin Chien; starring Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Wai Ching Ho, and Greg Pak.



For more information, visit the official website

The Latest
 
05.29.12Greg Pak launches the Pakcast - first episode features Kim Ima, proprietor of the Treats Truck Stop
12.27.11"Robot Stories" makes io9's list of "10 Science Fiction Films for People Who Think They Don't Like Science Fiction"
02.22.11Massive Greg Pak interview at Newsarama's "Writer's Workshop"
02.13.11"Robot Stories" premiered seven years ago today
05.24.10Real World News: Incredible video of LittleDog walking robot
03.20.102010.04.17 - "Mister Green" and "Robot Stories" at C2E2 in Chicago
03.09.10"Robot Stories" producer Karin Chien and star Tamlyn Tomita headline SFIAAFF filmmaking panel
01.10.10Real World News: Yotaro baby simulator!
01.08.10"Robot Stories" makes Eye On Indies' Top 20 Films of the Decade
01.03.10Pak Talks Comics: Comic books and the Apple tablet
12.14.09Greg Pak's "Robot Stories" makes io9.com's "20 Greatest SF Movies of the Past Decade" list
05.28.09Pak Talks Comics - Super Giant Reader Q&A!
05.24.09"Robot Stories and More Screenplays" now available for the Kindle
09.05.08Geeks of Doom posts massive interview with Greg Pak
05.03.08Greg Pak in Dallas on May 3 for Free Comic Book Day!
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01.05.08io9.com interviews Greg Pak
10.03.06Greg Pak stuff on sale at SciFiDimensions benefit auction
09.29.06JadedExpressions.com interviews Greg Pak
09.21.06"Robot Stories" screens TONIGHT in Los Angeles!
09.21.062006.09.21 - "Robot Stories" in Los Angeles
08.21.06Giant Newsarama.com interview with Greg Pak
08.11.06PopCultureShock debuts video section with Greg Pak interview
06.24.06PakBuzz Q&A: Producer Karin Chien on "The Motel"
06.09.06Great review for "Robot Stories and More Screenplays"
04.18.06"Robot Stories" at the University of Chicago
11.28.05"Robot Stories and More Screenplays" interview and book review at StrangeHorizons.com
11.05.05SciFiDimensions.com interviews Greg Pak
10.31.05SciFiDimensions.com review of "Robot Stories and More Screenplays"
10.29.05Interview with publisher of "Robot Stories and More Screenplays"
09.17.05"Robot Stories and More Screenplays" book shipping soon from Amazon.com
04.06.05"Robot Stories" DVD available from Kino
Calendar
 
2010.04.17 - "Mister Green" and "Robot Stories" at C2E2 in Chicago
 
2006.09.21 - "Robot Stories" in Los Angeles
 
2006.06.09 - "Robot Stories" DVDs and posters given away at 72 Hour Film Shootout Launch Party - NYC
 
"Robot Stories" at the University of Chicago
 
Reviews
 
"Robot Stories" makes Eye On Indies' Top 20 Films of the Decade
 
Eye On Indies has named "Robot Stories" one of the top twenty films of the decade. Here's the blurb:ROBOT STORIES (2003) four stories by Greg Pak called "science fiction from the heart" that continue to resonate with me since...
 
Great review for "Robot Stories and More Screenplays"
 
"It's not only the futuristic settings which link these plots: it's an exploration of the problems between men and machines, the created and the natural worlds, which creates such a compelling dynamic in these motion pictures. Small black and white shots pepper the account, but it's the screenplays which are the heart of this fine title.<"
-- California Bookwatch
 
Nerve.com on "Robot Stories"
 
"...I'd take a chance on Greg Pak's micro-budget indie Robot Stories, a valentine from the future. Broken into a quartet of subtle science-fiction fables, each is more Ray Bradbury than Keanu Reeves -- and romantic in its own strange way: A sculptor becomes obsessed with the digitized memories of his wife; a worried couple tries to love an android baby; a mother reconstructs her dying son's vintage robot-toy collection; and an android office-drone (played by Pak) falls in love. Somehow the cast (largely composed of underutilized Asian-American actors like Tamlyn Tomita) underplays the gizmos and hits the emotional beats dead-on, heating up a genre that so often looks stylish, but feels dead-cold."
- Logan Hill, Nerve.com

Visit the official website for many more reviews.
 
Distinctions

Eye On Indies has named "Robot Stories" one of the top twenty films of the decade. Here's the blurb:

ROBOT STORIES (2003) four stories by Greg Pak called "science fiction from the heart" that continue to resonate with me since my Literature of the Fantastic course in college. This is an exemplary film by a first time filmmaker for first time filmmakers. Subtle and sublime presentation of human nature in a technological-worshipping society.
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Click here to buy the "Robot Stories" DVD from Amazon.com

35 Film Festival Awards

Best Director (Greg Pak)
Best Screenplay (Greg Pak)
2004 Festival Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre

Best Picture
Best Director (Greg Pak)
Best Actress (Wai Ching Ho)
Best Picture Audience Award
2004 Semana Internacional de Cine Fantastico de Malaga

Best of Fest Audience Award
2004 Annapolis Reel Cinema Film Festival

Best Independent Sci-Fi Feature
Best New Director
Best New Film Audience Award
SF Hall of Fame Inductee - Greg Pak
2004 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival

Special Jury Award
2004 Yubari Fantastic Film Festival

Best Feature Film
2004 Sci Fi London International Film Festival

Best Screenplay (Greg Pak)
Best Actress (Wai Ching Ho)
2003 St. Louis International Film Festival

Most Original Film
2003 Marco Island Film Festival

Best Film
2003 San Francisco Korean American Media Arts Festival

Best Feature Film Audience Award
2003 Michigan Independent Film Festival

Audience Award
2003 Boston Fantastic Film Festival

Grand Prize, Best Narrative Feature
2003 Rhode Island International Film Festival

Best Narrative Feature Film
2003 DC APA Film Festival

Special Jury Award for Emotional Truth
2003 Florida Film Festival

Best Director (Greg Pak)
Best Actress (Wai Ching Ho)
2003 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

Best Feature Film Audience Choice Award
2003 Fantastisk Film Festival, Sweden

Best Science Fiction Film
Best Science Fiction Director (Greg Pak)
Best Science Fiction Actor (Sab Shimono)
Best Science Fiction Actress (Tamlyn Tomita)
Best Score (Rick Knutsen)
2003 ShockerFest Film Festival

Emerging Director Award
2003 Asian American International Film Festival

Special Jury Award
2003 Asian Film Festival of Dallas

Honorable Mention
2003 Film Fest New Haven

Best Screenplay Award
2002 Hamptons Film Festival

Excellence in Design Award
For Daniel M. Kanemoto's opening credits animation
Association Internationale Du Film D'Animation East


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