First, he pulled back the subtext of The Shining in Room 237; then, he dove into the terrifying realm of sleep paralysis in The Nightmare. Now, in his latest documentary, Rodney Ascher explores the unnerving idea that life as we know it is nothing more than a computer simulation.
Give the trailer for A Glitch in the Matrix a spin and read more about the upcoming documentary below.
What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like The Matrix, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A Glitch in the Matrix attempts to find out.
“A Glitch in the Matrix is a mind-scrambler in the most profound, accomplished way,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Rodney Ascher has made a work that will have you legitimately questioning your universe.”
“Considering the number of realities I could have found myself trapped in, I’m thrilled to actually be in the one where we’ve found partners as bold and supportive as Magnolia to work with on this project,” said Ascher. “The film was an amazing opportunity to engage with big ideas and explore animation and science-fiction inspired imagery on the biggest canvas I’ve ever had, so I’m thankful we’re in such good hands to get it out into the world.”
Directed by Rodney Ascher, A Glitch in the Matrix is a Campfire production, in association with Highland Park Classics and Valparaiso Pictures. The film is produced by Ross M. Dinerstein, CEO of Campfire, a Wheelhouse Entertainment company. Executive producers are Colin Frederick, Ascher, Ross Girard, David Carrico and Adam Paulsen. Co-executive producers are Tim Kirk, Rebecca Evans, Neil Tabatznik, and Robin Smith. Tyler Glodt is co-producer.
A Glitch in the Matrix is premiering in Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight Section 2021.
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