Logan Kibens USA / 2016 / 90 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Logan Kibens, Sharon Greene, Martin Starr, Mae Whitman
"Operator" is a classic love story, where one partner's desire for change triggers the other's fear of separation -- but here our adventurous spouse is competing with a perfect artificially intelligent version of herself.
Joe is a programmer seeking a voice for a health insurance help line that won't infuriate callers. Wife Emily, a hotel receptionist who excels at soothing and solving problems, seems the perfect model: by recording and studying her speech patterns, Joe believes he can isolate and automate Emily's people skills.
While Emily (Mae Whitman of "Arrested Development" in a star-making performance) pursues a career on stage, Joe obsesses over recreating her understanding and empathetic nature. As his mental state declines in her absence, Martin Starr ("Silicon Valley", "Sam and Amira") portrays Joe in a gloriously unhinged tour-de-force, repeatedly listening to her voice: "Joe, I'm with you."
A darkly funny script and powerful acting generate an emotionally engrossing tale of techno-alienation and, ultimately, human warmth. --Evan Thomas
BIO: Logan Kibens is a writer/director whose work integrates visual artistry with narrative, character driven storytelling. She is a Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow and recipient of the HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship (working on shows such as "True Blood", "Entourage" and "The Newsroom"). Logan was selected as one of Film Independent's Project Involve fellows after completing her CalArts thesis film, "Recessive". Her films have screened at museums and festivals, including The Chicago International Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Zinebi, and Redcat, among others. She is an award-winning projection's designer for theater and dance, with designs at The Goodman, Steppenwolf and The Washington Opera, to name a few. Her original screenplay "Operator" is supported by the Sundance Institute, Film Independent and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
"Operator" premiered at South By Southwest in 2016 and will be released by The Orchard in Fall 2016.
Cast/Featuring: Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon, Cameron Esposito, Christine Lahti
Executive Producer(s): Sharon Greene, Andrew Duncan, Felipe A. Dieppa
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