DFT @ Home | Slow Machine
(USA/2020—directed by Joe DeNardo and Paul Felten)
The thriller genre is exploded and reassembled in this funny and gritty independent feature, built skillfully around the powers of paranoia, surveillance, and performance. Populated by an eclectic cast including experimental theater performers Stephanie Hayes and Scott Shepherd, musician Eleanor Friedberger, and Chloë Sevigny, Slow Machine follows an actress whose intimate relationship with a shadowy NYPD-affiliated operative ends abruptly and alarmingly, leading her to hide out in a country house otherwise occupied by a band prepping their new recording.
But rural life-in-hiding proves as anxious and tense as daily life in Brooklyn; meeting the unexpected is the order of the day. Shot on genuine 16mm film, which adds texture and shading to an off-kilter mystery, Slow Machine is a fascinating, experimental work pitched at the intersection of American independent cinema and avant-garde theater. Official Selection, 2020 New York Film Festival. (72 minutes)
“Critic’s Pick! This mysterious New York thriller is one of this year’s most mesmerizing movies. Films of such lo-fi aesthetics rarely feel this major.” –Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, The New York Times
"Slow Machine is totally infectious and incredibly funny." —Chloe Lizotte, Screen Slate
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