Rodney Ascher, the filmmaker behind the fantastic documentaries Room 237 and The Nightmare, is back with A Glitch in the Matrix, a mind-bending sci-fi documentary from Ross M. Dinerstein's production company Campfire (HBO Max’s "Heaven’s Gate").
Acquired by Magnolia Pictures earlier this week, the film will have its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival before making is arrival on-demand and select theaters on February 5th, 2021.
The press release explains that A Glitch in the Matrix is "a multi-media exploration of simulation theory – an idea as old as Plato’s Republic and as current as Elon Musk’s Twitter feed – through the eyes of those who suspect our world isn't real. Part sci-fi mind-scrambler, part horror story, this is a digital journey to the limits of radical doubt."
"What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this wild idea, 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."
"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."
Check out the teaser trailer and poster art below.