Ep 656: Shatara Michelle Ford • Rodney Ascher

Feb 18, 2021

[7 mins. 40 secs.] Making their first appearance on the podcast, filmmaker Shatara Michelle Ford with their new film "Test Pattern". Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault. "Test Pattern" opens Friday, February 19th. Visit Kino Marquee for details about where to virtually screen the film.

[29 mins. 26 secs.] Filmmaker Rodney Ascher ("Room 237", "The Nightmare") makes his first appearance on the podcast. His latest documentary, "A Glitch in The Matrix" explores the question: what if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, Ascher uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. The film is currently available on most streaming platforms and on demand.

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