BMW Filmes is Back with a Doc Called “The New City”

Posted by at 2:06 am on February 2, 2011

Premiering online is “The New City,” which is Chapter One of a new BMW Documentary Film Series, “Wherever You Want to Go.” “The New City” makes a attempt to understand the ways in which we will live in the future and how it will significantly impact the way we move.

The Shift to Urban Living

Currently 50 percent of the world lives in cities and by 2030 nearly 5 billion people will live in sprawling “Megacities” (cities with more than 10 million people). As a result, personal space and modes of transportation will be among the biggest issues impacting our future quality of life. Will the automobile — as we currently know it — be compatible with these Megacities of the future? BMW will address these questions and more in Chapter One.

“The New City” can be viewed online now at http://www.BMWactivatethefuture.com , Run time: 5 min 57 sec.  It features: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Futurist and conceptual designer for Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron, Syd Mead; Google VP Marissa Mayer; ZipCar founder Robin Chase; Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill; Ridelust.com editor-in-chief Mike Musto; Reinventing the Automobile co-author Lawrence Burns; and Director of Environmental Affairs, Richard Mattila.

The filom is director by  Kurt Mattila and is produced by Prologue Pictures.

More to Come

Additional chapters will appear each Tuesday throughout the month of February. To allow viewers to better engage with the films and to add to the ongoing dialogue, BMW designed a new video player specifically for the films. Viewers can access additional content around a theme, quote, or speaker in real time, while giving them the option to pause the main viewer. Additionally, they can also post their own thoughts or comments directly to specific moments of the film for others to see and react.

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