Welcome to Northern Frontier, our video interview series that showcases in-depth and engaging conversations with some of the brightest academic minds in AI research today.

Movies are one of life’s most pleasurable escapes, an artform that has dominated our cultural experience for over a century. But underneath the costumes, emoted lines and beautiful settings are the mechanics of technology, without which there would be no cinema.

Sanja Fidler, assistant professor at University of Toronto and head of NVIDIA’s new Toronto AI research lab, has made a name, in part, by marrying her expertise in computer vision and natural language processing to fascinating – and even funny – machine learning applications. She sat down with Northern Frontier at the Revue Cinema in Toronto’s west end to explore the link between this core science and popular art form through her research, how AI can enhance human creativity, and how this new frontier in tech could influence a new era of moviemaking.