Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Lynn Hershman Leeson


  • Tilda Swinton
  • Jeremy Davies
  • James Urbaniak


  • Hamptons International Film Festival, 2002

A bio-geneticist has created a type of Self Replicating Automaton, which looks like a human being, but is in fact part machine and part living organism.

Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, bio-geneticist Rosetta Stone (Tilda Swinton) downloads her own DNA into her computer and succeeds in breeding three Self Replicating Automatons that are part human, part intelligent machines. The SRAs act as 'portals' on the Internet, helping users to fulfill their dreams. Because they were bred only with Rosetta's DNA, they need the balance of a Y chromosome, or male sperm, to survive. This futuristic comedy puts a hilarious spin on contemporary advancements in science and technology.

Possible Topics

  • Cloning
  • Intelligent machines
  • Sequencing the Y chromosome

Past Programs


Craving the Y Chromosome

Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY