25 years ago, Robert Anton Wilson starred in this experimental, made for television film, Borders. The movie combines interviews and commentary by luminaries like Wilson and physicist Michio Kaku with early computer animation and a dramatized storyline about an idealistic scientist trying to do honest research in the belly of the defense industry beast.
This show is dated in the best possible sense: The animations are primitive and charming, and the idealistic scientist is played by a baby-faced Steve Buscemi. Some of the then-current events mentioned here might cause a bit of temporal whiplash, but it’s also interesting that many of the problems being addressed and questions being asked here are the same ones we continue to deal in today.
The film is about crossing borders of all kinds — spiritual, political, geographic. Can you imagine a better guide than Robert Anton Wilson? Here’s the film…