Updated: Sep 26, 2019
Technology is constantly evolving and many people wonder what’s next. Filmmaker Jeremy Carter just might have the answer: Sinbit. His short film explores a yet-to-be utilized device that many hope will stay that way.
Sinbit follows the life of a woman who gets a new fitness watch that not only keeps tracks of how many steps she takes, but also tracks every time she commits a sin. Yes, you read correctly. The watch accurately tracks her sins: stray thoughts, actions, and the proverbial “little white lie.” I know what you’re thinking. Why would anybody want such a device? Well, the watch might not sell out at Walmart, but the film is already an official selection of The Churches Making Movies Christian Film Festival, October 11-13th in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Sinbit screens at the Fest on Sunday, October 13th at 3:00 p.m. followed by a Q&A with director Jeremy Carter.
Sinbit takes an entertaining look at an ordinary person dealing with ever pervasive technology. If you’re hoping you’ve got plenty of time to get your act together before such a watch hits the market—maybe not. Your Grace Card could expire faster than a kid running after an ice cream truck because if you think of the watch as a bite-sized, mobile polygraph machine, then you realize the watch could hit the market soon. There you have it: one sin - lying - already tracked. Just imagine, you walk into the office 20 minutes late for work. When your boss asks you why you’re late, you respond, “I hit traffic on Main Street.” Instantly, your sin tone blares to high heaven. Now, all eyes in the office are on you because the truth is that you stopped off to get a Latte because you thought your boss was working from home that day. Sound familiar?
Sinbit was originally a thought in Carter’s mind for years. It took him only a month to write it. He shot the film in two weeks, and he finished the editing process within another two weeks. Ever since he was young, Carter has been creative. Carter feels his writing abilities come naturally because his mother is also a writer. His mother’s DNA might be the reason when he was a child, Carter recalls thinking of tales as he played with his toys. He created different kinds of scenarios as he played. As time went on, Carter would create countless stories in his head. During his time in high school, he wrote a handful of stories, both for free time and for school projects. His creativity evolved when he began gaining interest in movies. His first fascination with movies was the classic film, Jurassic Park by Steven Spielberg.
Pursuing his dream of creating high quality movies, Carter went to film school in
Chicago, where he honed and refined his craft for the mechanical aspect of film making, such as learning the different tools and equipment used, developing his writing abilities to fit for film, directing skills and learning the editing process. To pay off his school debt, Carter formed his own video production company: Incitatus Productions. Shooting weddings, company promotions, and commercials, Carter kept himself busy. However, there was one thing he wanted to return to, and that was his passion for narratives.
With that in mind, he began to work on Sinbit, his first personal film project.
Carter already had an idea for the project brewing in his mind, but it wasn’t fully developed. After browsing on social media, he came across various posts which included judgmental comments aimed at a specific person, or society and culture at large. Carter says he isn’t fond of the judgmental culture., so he wanted to break through that mentality by showing that everybody has his or her own things that they’re guilty of doing, whether it 's something very minor or something absolutely bizarre. In short, we all sin - even if just a bit.
Carter enjoys connecting his creative mindset with his faith. His ultimate goal is to create film and video games with religious ideals. Carter plans on making more shorts and films to highlight social issues currently affecting America, especially the youth. Who knows, maybe by the time they're adults, the Sinbit watch will be available. Whether it sells out-now that's another story.
Would you buy a sinbit?