Tribeca 2021 Films: Father of the Cyborgs and Monster


Writer & Director: David Burke

Executive Producers: Doron Weber, Colm O’Callaghan, Celine Haddad

Producers: Seán Ó Cualáin, David Burke

Starring: Phil Kennedy, Melody Moore Jackson, John Horgan, John Donoghue, Rafael Yuste


Neurologist Phil Kennedy made global headlines in the late 90’s by connecting the brain of a paralyzed man to a computer – it was the first time in history a person was able to control a computer with his brain.  Compared to Alexander Graham Bell, he became famously known as ‘The Father of the Cyborgs’.  In 2014, he shocked the scientific community and his family when he traveled to Belize to experiment on his own brain in an attempt to continue his research. That brazen act nearly incapacitated him for life. Undeterred, the controversial inventor now wonders if the field he pioneered in what is being coined ‘the century of the brain,’ may lead to unintended consequences in a future where technology and human brains seamlessly combine and create class differences as a result of such extreme cognitive advantages.

FATHER OF THE CYBORGS explores Kennedy’s single-minded and relentless quest to unlock the mystery of speech for locked-in patients, the knotty history of brain-computer interfacing and mind control, and the emerging debate about neuro-ethics and mental privacy. Directed by David Burke. Support with Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Screen Ireland, RTE, and Science Foundation Ireland.

Tribeca 2021 Premiere

Thursday, June 17, 2021 – 5:00 PM EST


Producers: Tommy Bertelsen, Isaiah Smallman, Bryce McGuire

Original Music by: Michael Shuman

Synopsis: In the Winter of 2017 I moved to Latvia to direct a horror movie. Six months later, on the night of our wrap party, my production designer and I found ourselves drugged and held captive in the penthouse of our mysterious financier. I’m here to tell you my story… would you like to meet a monster?

Tribeca 2021 Premiere

Sunday, June 13 – 11:00 AM EST

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