“Mad Scientists: A.I. Maxima” Promises a Sophisticated and Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi Experience

Los Angeles, CA (December 04, 2023) – In a groundbreaking collaboration supported by Executive Producer Dr. Lei Xu of StEn Media and Mr. Daniel Sieu and Mrs. Ling Sieu of William Stephanie Foundation, esteemed director Antonia Tong is poised to make her directorial debut with the highly anticipated science fiction film, “Mad Scientists: A.I. Maxima.” The film is scheduled for screening at the Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory. During the event, Executive Producer Dr. Lei Xu, actress and writer Stephanie X. Wang, and Director Antonia Tong received recognition from California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

Tong, renowned for her work on the “Mad Scientists franchise” and her award-winning contributions to “American Illusionist,” embarks on a cerebral journey with a storyline that explores the uncharted territories of synthetic intelligence. Inspired by a true story from 2019, the film promises to be a cinematic masterpiece that exceeds conventional expectations.

The plot revolves around a consortium of global scientists and journalists who receive an exclusive invitation to participate in a groundbreaking symposium in an overlooked foreign nation. Contrary to their expectations of engaging in discourse on synthetic intelligence, their DNA is surreptitiously cloned by an exceedingly sophisticated humanoid A.I. apparatus developed by the country’s prodigious mastermind.

To escape captivity, the collective must manipulate and reprogram the existing robotic entities from the laboratory. However, the ultimate outcome remains shrouded in mystery as the A.I. creation known as Maxima transcends the bounds of human imagination, far surpassing any prior conception of technological advancement.

Antonia Tong and Dr. Lei Xu are not only visionary filmmakers but also advocates for peace and humanity. Tong emphasized the film’s underlying message during her speech at the event. She stated, “Today, as we embark on this cinematic journey together, I want to take a moment to reflect on the power we hold as storytellers, as creators, as actors, and as ambassadors of the human experience. In a world often overshadowed by chaos and discord, we stand here united by a shared purpose — to weave narratives that transcend borders, cultures, and languages, and to promote love, peace, and humanity.”

“Filmmaking is not just about capturing images on a screen; it is about capturing hearts, inspiring minds, and fostering a collective understanding of our shared humanity. Let us be bold, be daring, and be unapologetically passionate about the stories that we tell. For in our collective vision lies the potential to create a world where love triumphs over hate, peace prevails over discord, and humanity reigns supreme,” she continued.

The film, with its captivating narrative and underlying themes of love, peace, and humanity, is positioned to be more than just a cinematic experience. It serves as a call to action for storytellers and audiences alike, urging them to recognize the transformative power of art. Executive Producer Dr. Lei Xu indicated that the film was not solely a cinematic exploration of artificial intelligence but also a collaborative effort involving more than five Ph.D. holders and actual scientists from various fields, including chemistry, biogeography, economics, and artificial intelligence.

In the words of Nobel Prize winner John Coetzee, “All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography. We are not, by nature, cruel.” Tong’s directorial debut stands as a testament to the idea that storytelling, at its core, is a powerful force for compassion, understanding, and positive change.

Renowned Hong Kong-born filmmaker and actress Ankie Lau attended the screening, praising the film as a remarkable innovation in filmmaking, seamlessly combining animation and live action. Since its September release, in just under two months, Executive Producer Lei Xu, Director Antonia Tong, and their fellow storytellers have garnered six international awards and received one international nomination. The film has also been selected for seventeen film festivals worldwide, currently screening in the most prestigious academy member screening room. We extend our congratulations to the architects of a better world: the production team, for their continued dedication to shining a spotlight on themes of love, peace, and humanity.