Time Bomb Y2K

Time Bomb Y2K

USA | 2023 | 80 min. | Marley McDonald, Brian Becker

October 10, 2023

SIFF DocFest

A hilarious and human look back at the end of the 20th century, when fears rose that a ubiquitous coding error would cause the world’s computerized systems to grind to a halt, and armageddon loomed.

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“The all-archive film is fast and funny with a propulsive 90s-inspired soundtrack. It’s thoughtful, too, in the connections it draws between this bizarre relic of cultural history and the preventable disasters the world has experienced since.” —Sight and Sound

As the year 2000 approached, rumblings of an impending catastrophe began to spread outside of the community of computer engineers and into the mainstream consciousness: that an omnipresent error in computer codes would force computers to reset when attempting to transition from “1999” to “2000,” causing the world’s computerized systems to fail. Using only archival footage, directors Marley McDonald and Brian Becker take us on a wild, immersive ride through the final days of the ’90s, as the fearful began to stockpile arms and build shelters to prepare for the impending doomsday, and the armageddon industry boomed with end-of-days products. Their playful look back at this pivotal moment in history, captures a turning point in our ever-changing relationship to technology and each other, reverberations of which are still being felt today.

  • Director: Marley McDonald, Brian Becker
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 80 min.
  • Producer: Brian Becker
  • Editors: Marley McDonald, Maya Mumma
  • Music: Nathan Micay
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Becker: Debut Feature Film; McDonald: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Film Collaborative