How to Build a Time Machine

How to Build a Time Machine movie scene

2017 OMSI Sci Fi Film Fest Selection

How to Build a Time Machine follows two men as they set out on a journey to build their own time machines.


Rob Niosi is a stop motion animator who has spent the last thirteen years obsessively constructing a full-scale replica of the time machine prop from the 1960 motion picture adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. It’s his attempt to recapture the memory of seeing the film in theatres with his father. 


Dr. Ron Mallett is a theoretical physicist whose story begins with a tragedy. He was only 10 years old when his father died suddenly of a heart attack. Distraught, he sought solace in science-fiction. After reading The Time Machine, Ron dedicated his life to studying physics. He has since become a professor at the University of Connecticut and is now working on building a real time machine in the hopes that he might go back in time to save his father’s life.


"Less an evaluation of a sci-fi trope's feasibility than a nerd-friendly meditation on how we develop the fixations that will dominate our lives...Though each man muses a bit about what he'd do if his machine actually worked, Cheel's focus on process — with lovely scenes of Niosi in his workshop, for instance — makes it clear he doesn't think that's the point. Both men have found something to care about while life moves them inexorably toward the future, and that's something not all of us can say."  John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter


Duration: 83 mins. | Rating: Not Rated

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