I was raised in a unique society by people who accept significantly different ways of thinking, challenge the status quo and as a result, created an invention that subtly changes the world. An no one knows about it. And a Canadian started it all…
I want everyone to know about it.
A programming Language will be a feature length documentary profiling the history of APL and its derivative languages, beginning from APL’s inception in the early 1960s.
This direct cinema documentary will probe the successes, failures and idiosyncrasies of one of the worlds least understood programming languages still in use today. Through the intimate perspective of an original implementer’s daughter, we’ll scrutinize the language itself, its Canadian roots, how it is used and the unique community which surrounds it, revealing how the original vision of its founders, with their dedication to language, human commuter interaction, tools for thinking, and strict aesthetics are alive and well today.
While other themes will emerge during the development and production, we believe our primary themes will probe APLs contribution to science, computer science and international finance. We will also pay close attention to how the language was branded and marketed over the past 40 years, exploring the tension between aesthetic and commercial pursuits.
The film is primarily set in Canada, the United States, the UK and Denmark, with some scenes in relevant locations throughout Europe.
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