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Pop-Up Confessional is a social experiment that uses real people to teach a computer program what it means to be human.

Inside our mobile confessional booth, visitors chat with a prototype of an automated conversation companion. 

Each conversation that takes place inside is unique.

Each exchange is used improve and enhance the program using machine learning.

Each story helps create a crowd-sourced prototype of a conversation companion.


The Team

Maxim Pozdorovkin, DIRECTOR 
Max is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and media curator. He is the director and of three feature-length documentaries and numerous short films. His documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Award. Maxim holds a PhD from Harvard University and is currently an artist fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows. The Notorious Mr. Bout, a documentary about the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and has been shown at festivals around the world. Maxim's latest film Clínica de Migrantes won Best Short at Full Frame Documentary Festival and is slated for broadcast on HBO in early 2017.  Currently, Maxim is directing The Truth About Killer Robots, a horror-doc hybrid about man's relationship with lethal machines.

Joe is a filmmaker, cinematographer and media artist whose work explores place, ideology, and collective experience. His award-winning documentaries have screened in festivals around the world, and his recent work as Director of Photography appears in documentary films and series for HBO, National Geographic, PBS and TED, among others. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Jenny Lim, PRODUCER 
Jenny is an artist and producer based in New York City. Her first short film, “The Dance,” screened at the Tribeca Film Festival when she was in high school. Jenny graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University in 2012. She has worked with Third Party Films on a variety of projects, and is currently producing two documentaries for HBO: the TV pilot Pop-Up Confessional and the feature film The Truth About Killer Robots.

Sam is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. He studied History and Literature at Harvard University and has directed fiction, animation, and documentary films. He works as an associate producer for Third Party Films.

Pedro Veloso Moura, DEVELOPER
Pedro is a freelance programmer. He studied philosophy in college and code at The Recurse Center. He lives in NYC.

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The Confessional booth has popped up in three locations around New York City so far.