November 30, 2012 | 11:00 AM
The crowd streamed out of the Prince Charles Cinema in London's Leicester Square with pulses racing, energized by five amazing films, the thrill of travel, and the pull of technology-enabled connection. The historic movie theater played host to the premiere of Four Stories, a short film series with Roman Coppola and The Directors Bureau. Intel and W Hotels asked aspiring filmmakers from around the world to submit short screenplays set in W Hotels destinations and featuring an Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ as a central character. Roman and The Directors Bureau matched the four winning screenplays with some of the most talented up-and-coming filmmakers working today.
The films were fantastic: Lee Toland Krieger, of Celeste and Jesse Forever, directed Modern/Love, about the first meeting of a far-flung romance in Doha; Sundance favorite Spencer Susser directed Eugene, a dark comedy set in Washington DC; actress and director Lake Bell helmed ¡El Tonto!, a comedy about an unlikely friendship in Mexico City; and Kahlil Joseph told a metaphysical story of redemption, The Mirror Between Us, set in the beautiful Maldives.
Roman led the party down the street to W London - Leicester Square, where DJane kept the energy going with lively music and animated GIF making booths to let everyone make little films of their own using Ultrabook™ convertibles.
Attendees await the premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema.
The entrance to W London - Leicester Square.
Ultrabook installation "Aqueous Mass" by architects Gage/Clemenceau.
Will.i.am, Intel's director of creative innovation, and Roman Coppola.
Intel's Johan Jervoe with Roman Coppola, Eugene screenwriter Adam Blampied, and Paul James, global brand leader, W Hotels.
Modern/Love director Lee Toland Krieger and star Naomi Scott.
Modern/Love star Robert Schwartzman, VICE's Thalia Mavros, and W Hotels' George Fleck.
Roman Coppola and Die Again, Undead One star Margarita Kallas.
Modern/Love's Naomi Scott.
Q&A with Four Stories filmmakers.
Die Again, Undead One's Margarita Kallas.
Eugene's screenwriter and Four Stories competition winner Adam Blampied.
Intel's Johan Jervoe, Modern/Love's Naomi Scott, and Paul James of W Hotels.
Mark Kermode of BBC.
Actor Douglas Booth.
DJane keeps the party going at the W London - Leicester Square.
Elevator banks at W London - Leicester Square.
Modern/Love director Lee Toland Krieger interacts with an Ultrabook.