Start Ups and Techniques – A Semaphore Curated Film Series


By Amy Ratelle on Feb 2nd, 2014

Outside of academia and public service is the private world of business and its fundamental hero and saint, the entrepreneur. What can we learn from the entrepreneur? How is this poster child of governments and neo-liberal think tanks showcased in films? How does the university student, hoping to find a good job, feel about entrepreneurship and its idealization?

PayPal’s founder, Peter Thiel, has argued that entrepreneurs should skip education. How does technology, the entrepreneur’s aide de camp help justify the former’s credibility? As technology mesmerizes, so does the heroes that conceive it and sell it to the public. Each film covers a different aspect of the start up and technology. Each screening is followed by a critical discussion moderated by one student and one professor from the Faculty of Information.

Screenings are held after the Launching Information Ventures class taught by Adrianna Ieraci. While the series covers the traditional view of what an entrepreneur and a technology start up is about, the selection also touches on alternative business models such as social enterprises and cooperatives. A Quebec-produced two-part mini-series on inventor Bombardier provides a Canadian perspective with a clin d'oeil to Harold Innis. The series ends with the fictional world of the entrepreneur as expressed through the arts with Kiki's Delivery Service, an animated film by celebrated Japanese animator and director Hayao Miyazaki.  

3-In Transition 2.0 (2012) – 67 minutes, Emma Goude (director) The social enterprise as a humane business model http://www.intransitionmovie.com/ Tentative Screening Date: February 11, 2014 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP  

4-The Rochdale Cooperative (2012) – 52 minutes, Adam Lee Hamilton, John Montegrande (directors) The start up of the proletariat http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2506416/ Tentative Screening Date: February 25, 2014 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP  

5-Bombardier (1992) – approximately 120 minutes, François Labonté (director) The mythical Canadian pioneer as a business case study http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192879/ Tentative Screening Date: March 11, 2014 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP  

6-Kiki's Delivery Service (2003) – 103 minutes, Hayao Miyazaki (director) The magical world of the micro-entrepreneur – an animated fictional account http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097814/ http://go.utlib.ca/cat/6652496 Tentative Screening Date: March 25, 2014

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