Indie distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s feature-length sci-fi documentary, A Glitch in the Matrix.
The 90-minute film, which will premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Midnight Section, utilizes a noted speech from science fiction writer Philip K. Dick (A Scanner Darkly, The Man in the High Castle) to explore the conspiracy theory that humanity is living in a simulation.
Leaving no stone unturned, the film uses such contemporary cultural touchstones as Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s The Matrix, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike, in an attempt to figure out if the simulation theory is not science fiction but fact.
Magnolia will release the film in theaters and on demand from Feb. 5.
A Glitch in the Matrix is produced by Ross M. Dinerstein’s Campfire, part of the Wheelhouse Group, in association with Highland Park Classics and Valparaiso Pictures.
Executive producers are Ascher, Colin Frederick, Ross Girard, David Carrico and Adam Paulsen. Co-executive producers are Tim Kirk, Rebecca Evans, Neil Tabatznik, and Robin Smith. Dinerstein serves a producer on the film. Tyler Glodt co-produces.
Ascher is represented by CAA, manager Lee Stobby and lawyer Stephen Clark.
“A Glitch in the Matrix is a mind-scrambler in the most profound, accomplished way,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “Rodney Ascher has made a work that will have you legitimately questioning your universe.”
“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,” added Ascher.