Slow Machine

Slow Machine

USA / 2020 / 72 minutes / NR

Stephanie, a restless and vibrant actress, meets Gerard, an NYPD counter-terrorism specialist who’s an aficionado of experimental theater (and maybe out of his mind). Flirtation ensues, ends disastrously, and forces Stephanie to the ramshackle upstate home of musician Eleanor Friedberger, yet this supposed escape is infected by violent memories of her past life. A miniature epic of paranoia, espionage, subterfuge, music, and performance captured on lush and invigorating 16mm, Slow Machine heralds major new talent.

  • Director

    Paul Felten & Joe DeNardo

  • Producer

    Kyle Hepp
    Shrihari Sathe
    Caroline von Kuhn
    Alex Witherill

  • Cast

    Stephanie Hayes
    Chloë Sevigny
    Scott Shepherd
    Eleanor Friedberger
    Ean Sheehy
    Emily Tremaine

  • “Entrancing. A world of thrumming, conspiratorial menace. Stephanie Hayes is bewitching.”

    — Beatrice Loayza, Reverse Shot
  • “Seductively disorienting. Wild and mesmerizing. Kind of like a lo-fi, Brooklyn variant of Inland Empire.”

    — Giovanni Marchini Camia, Filmmaker Magazine
  • "A tour de force."

    — Tony Pipolo, Artforum
  • “A mix of black humor and conspiratorial menace… inspired by Jacques Rivette and John le Carré.”

    Brooklyn Rail
  • "Unfurls as a matryoshka doll... To be watching Slow Machine is to be ushered into a bewitching, shapeshifting realm

    Senses of Cinema
  • "Totally infectious. Incredibly funny."

    — Chloe Lizotte, Screen Slate
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