'I am going to have you read from a collection of my spam emails,' The director explains as she ushers actors from Craigslist one-by-one into an audition room. The actors and the director together attempt to breathe life into lifeless, manipulative, malicious, and nonsensical email dialogue in an attempt to realize and humanize the digital and inhumane. All is revealed to the viewer; The slate, light stands, teleprompter, a boom operator, film equipment litters the audition room floor, a cow pasture, a sunset, a strip club. Is this poetry or malware?
Written and Directed by: Marnie Ellen Hertzler
Original Score: Dan Deacon
Director of Photography: Corey Hughes
Executive Producers: Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo
Edited by: Albert Birney
Production Sound: Swaroop Sardeshmukh
Sound Design: Alex Silva
Starring: Isobel Arnberg, Eric Brown, Maya Martinez
Marnie Ellen Hertzler is a filmmaker living and working in Baltimore, MD. Her films often explore a multi-media approach to film presentation and distribution and has utilized live performance and installation to accompany her work. Her films have screened at Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, MoMA, SXSW, True/False, Boiler Room, and The Criterion Channel. In 2018 Marnie was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Influenced by her background in both psychology and fine arts, she creates films that act as cinematic platforms for the exploration of interpersonal relationships, the technology that defines us, and the inevitable end of it all.