About Transcendent Man, the movie

The 2009 documentary film, Transcendent Man, introduces the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist who journeys the world offering his vision of a future where we will merge with our machines, can live forever, and are billions of times more intelligent — all within the next 30 years. A debut documentary from writer/director Barry Ptolemy.

Be sure to visit the film's official website for screening times and future release plans. A collection of reviews and film-related announcements can be found in this section.

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Kurzweil to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday and Real Time with Bill Maher Friday

June 16, 2011

Ray Kurzweil on ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live

Ray Kurzweil will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, June 16 and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, June 17 to promote the critically acclaimed documentary film Transcendent Man. Check network links for local show times.

Transcendent Man, by director Barry Ptolemy, focuses on the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil. The film is available on DVD in… read more

Charlie Rose interview with Kurzweil, Ptolemy postponed again

March 8, 2011

UPDATE | March 8, 8:00 p.m. EST: Due to breaking news on the situation in Libya, Charlie Rose decided to postpone airing the Kurzweil/Ptolemy interview. We’ll let you know when the interview is rescheduled to air. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Transcendent Man movie DVD now available in stores and online

May 24, 2011

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Transcendent Man, the film about the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil by director Barry Ptolemy, is available today (May 24, 2011) on DVD in stores nationwide (Best Buy and Barnes and Noble), according to Ptolemaic Productions.

The DVD will also be available for order on Amazon.com, WalMart.com, BestBuy.com, and BarnesandNoble.com, and on… read more

Transcendent Man film trailer

March 5, 2011

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Transcendent Man introduces the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist who journeys the world offering his vision of a future in which we will merge with our machines, can live forever, and are billions of times more intelligent…all within the next thirty years.

Visit the film’s official website here for more information, and for current screening times and digital downloads.

Transcendent Man tickets still available for L.A. February 16, 17

February 11, 2011

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Screening details: Tickets are still available for the upcoming Los Angeles screening of Transcendent Man, at the Laemmle Royal Theater on February 16 and February 17, 2011.

Click here for tickets to the February 16, 2011 screening, at 8:00pm, followed by a Q&A with director Barry Ptolemy and Ray Kurzweil.

Click here for tickets to the February 17, 2011 screening, at 8:00pm, followed by a… read more

The Imaginary Foundation blog | Imaginary Foundation director spotted at Transcedent Man screening

February 19, 2011

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Source: The Imaginary Foundation blog — February 18, 2011 | Linus Leibkörper

Transcendent Man is a remarkable new documentary about the life and ideas of futurist Ray Kurzweil (the subject of Time magazine’s cover article this week). Rumor has it that the director of The Imaginary Foundation was spotted at the film premiere in Los Angeles this Wednesday, but he slipped into a wormhole before anyone could snap a photo. A fan did, however, get a couple shots of Imaginarian Extraordinaire Jason… read more

The Huffington Post | The transcendent singularity is near

March 9, 2011

The Huffington Post — March 9, 2011 | Jason Silva

Ray Kurzweil has become a pop culture phenomenon. The Singularity thesis has gone mainstream, and for those who still have any doubts, look no farther than the recent Time Magazine cover story, “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal.” Barry Ptolemy’s film, Transcendent Man, is the absolute best cinematic exploration of Ray Kurzweil and his paradigm shifting ideas. If you didn’t have the patience to read Singularityread more

Singularity Hub | Transcendent Man film to be released in February, digitally in March 2011

January 12, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — January 12, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

Almost two years after it premiered, Transcendent Man is finally making its way to widespread distribution, though maybe not in the way we expected. Barry Ptolemy’s look at the life and beliefs of Ray Kurzweil is a documentary film that explores concepts of digital reincarnation, personal hubris, and most importantly, the Technological Singularity.

Ptolemaic Productions recently announced that the film will… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Barry Ptolemy, director of Kurzweil documentary Transcendent Man

April 7, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — April 6, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

How do you get everyone to sit up and pay attention to the idea of the Singularity? Make it entertaining. No doubt about it, Transcendent Man is that and more. Barry Ptolemy’s documentary on Ray Kurzweil explores the philosophy, personal history, and predictions of one of the world’s most prominent futurists.

It’s a great film, and a wonderful look at the potential forces… read more

NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009


NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

Singularity Hub | Transcendent Man movie blowout August 3 — Ray Kurzweil, Steve Wozniak, Michio Kaku, and many more!

July 19, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — July 14, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

The future is coming to the 49 out of 50 of the United States (sorry, Wyoming). On August 3rd, Transcendent Man: A Conversation About the Future will be appearing in 500+ theaters across the country.

This LIVE broadcast panel discussion will focus on accelerating technologies, the future of humanity, and the Singularity. The star-studded panel includes powerhouses like futurist Michio Kaku, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, inventor… read more

Collection of photo stills from the film Transcendent Man

March 5, 2011

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A collection of photo stills from the film Transcendent Man, which is now screening at select locations and is available for download on iTunes and video on demand.

Cinetalk Reviews | Transcendent Man review

April 25, 2011

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Source: Cinetalk Reviews — April 24, 2011

Cinetalk Reviews YouTube channel | A review of the documentary about the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil.

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Variety | Futurist Kurzweil goes worldwide with Man: Docu on tech advances gets multicity tour

January 11, 2011

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Source: Variety — January 11, 2011 | Andrew Stewart

In the latest push for alternate distribution, indie docu Transcendent Man is slated for a multi­city global tour beginning Feb. 3, followed by a digital release March 1.

The tour, which begins in New York and ends in London on April 5, will include a Q&A with author Ray Kurzweil, whose tome The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology provides source material for the docu.

Directed by… read more

Ebongeek | Transcendent Man: A look back since the debut

August 6, 2011

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Source: Ebongeek — June 26, 2011

One of the most controversial documentaries of our time has been available for digital download for several months now, yet many in the mainstream are still unacquainted with the ideas, concepts, opportunities and challenges presented by the coming Technological Singularity.

Perhaps this shouldn’t  be too surprising, many of us live in the mundane, harsh reality of the now. Day to day life, war, debt, unemployment, death and… read more

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