Several times in the past I've used the German film Run Lola Run with my HS English & creative writing students.
A lovely classroom gimmick in terms of justifying how little moments in a writer's story can (and should) cause splinter stories to grow wings at every turn.
Character wakes up. Phone rings.
Unexpected choice needs to be made.
Pick path A. Or path B. Maybe C.
But what if you could back in time, replay the original choice. Follow a new path. Let time speed up again. What would happen? And where would the limits be?
After instituting a variation on the classic childhood love, "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories, this past spring, I think I'll resurrect the minute-by-minute speed of Lola with this coming fall's 10th graders. Most are void of any knowledge of raves, let alone German pop/art. This film will seem like alien mindfood (for many) Most will think I'm daft. They'll only be partially right.
But their stories will be more eleven than ten when we're through.
And at some point in time, I'll show them this digital wonderland of IAC public performance media/art, too.
None will grasp the oh-so-meta nature of it -- tick, tock, tick, tock. But they will have good reason to look like deer in the headlamps when I hit play.