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 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 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

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

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 Dallas Morning News | Futurist Ray Kurzweil being interviewed on Charlie Rose on PBS tonight, discussing documentary Transcendent Man

March 3, 2011

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Source: The Dallas Morning News — March 3, 2011 | Victor Godinez

Ray Kurzweil, the guy who popularized the idea of a technological “singularity,” where computers and robotics and genetic engineering eventually become so sophisticated and powerful that humans become super-powered, immortal cyborgs that we currently aren’t able to even imagine, will be on TV tonight. Kurzweil will be chatting with Charlie Rose about the documentary film Transcendent Man, which chronicles Kurzweil’s controversial ideas and life.… read more

Tengri News | Transcendent Man changed Massimov’s vision of future

May 23, 2011

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Tengri News — May 23, 2011

Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov posted in tweeted that he watched Barry Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man.  “I saw the film, The Transcendent Man. It changed my vision of the future,” the Prime Minister posted.

Transcendent Man is a documentary about innovations and revolutionary ideas based on Ray Kurzweil’s bestseller called The Singularity is Near. The movie is about the life, career and ideas of Kurzweil, who is well-known in… read more

Tony Robbins Tweets Transcendent Man

February 14, 2011

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World-renowned and respected self-help, organizational, and peak-performance guru Tony Robbins Tweets Transcendent Man, the movie. 

Thought leaders like Robbins from all fields are seeing the power of ever-accelerating advances in technology and science, and planning for the profound impact of that quickening on human society today and tomorrow. 

Tony Robbins is on the lookout for game-changing ideas and tracking the trends that will affect society — Follow Tony Robbins on Twitter,… read more

Transcendent Man movie ranks as #2 documentary on iTunes in U.S.; Kurzweil, Ptolemy slotted for CNN Monday

March 6, 2011


Transcendent Man, the film about the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil by director Barry Ptolemy, now ranks as #1 documentary in sales on iTunes in Canada, and #2 in the United States, after Waiting for Superman.

Transcendent Man is also listed in the top 20 in customer ratings among all movies on iTunes in the United States, as of March 5. The film… read more

The Plain Dealer | Computers soon will overtake us, Ray Kurzweil predicts in Transcendent Man, new on DVD

May 23, 2011

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Source: The Plain Dealer — May 22, 2011 | Chris Ball

When will computers attain consciousness and surpass humans? Genius inventor Ray Kurzweil calls this event the Singularity, and he pinpoints it at 2029. In this startling 2009 biodoc, he shares his theories about technology’s exponential acceleration.

Critics call him a crackpot, while he calmly makes his predictions based on past events. Don’t be scared, he urges, just be ready to become bionic or risk being left behind. [...]

LAist | Cyborgs, the wave of the future: The Transcendent Man screens next week

February 15, 2011

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Source: LAist — February 8, 2011 | Katherine Peach

It’s those times when all meat starts to taste like chicken and the rum and Coke you ordered tastes like Froot Loops, that the notion there is just a glitch in the Matrix starts to seem like a possibility. The sci-fi scenario of robots running amok is not just a thing for the books, according to the theory of singularity, and a documentary called the Transcendent Man.… read more

Ain't It Cool News | Harry Knowles’ DVD picks and peeks: Transcendent Man

May 24, 2011

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Source: Ain't It Cool News — May 24, 2011 | Harry Knowles

Hey folks, Harry here with a new DVD column and things are a bit different this week with some of the titles, and I’m betting that will at least continue with next week’s amazing series of titles. I think you’ll enjoy some of the surprises this week.

Ray Kurzweil is an interesting as hell fella. Imagine a practical William Gibson or Phillip K Dick. Now, he’s technically… read more

Transcendent Man film premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

March 10, 2009


Transcendent Man, a documentary film on the life and controversial ideas of Ray Kurzweil, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 25, 2009.

Filmmakers Barry and Felicia Ptolemy (Ptolemaic Productions) documented Kurzweil’s life for two years in 25 cities in five countries, as he explored the social and philosophical implications of the coming profound changes and the potential threats they pose to human civilization in presentations and dialogues with 22 noted luminaries such as Colin Powell, Peter Diamandis, Dean Kamen, William Shatner, Stevie Wonder, and Kevin Warwick.… read more

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