Rodney Ascher Talks Real Life Simulation in A Glitch In The Matrix Doc | Sundance 2021 [Exclusive Interview]

Rodney Ascher
Rodney Ascher directed A Glitch in the Matrix

Rodney Ascher tackles the most interesting thoughtful documentaries.

In a “what if” scenario, the documentarian explored a belief and possibility that our lives may be one giant simulation of a greater world beyond our comprehension.

In the documentary A Glitch In The Matrix, Ascher talks to theorists and experts on the evidence of our lives living in a simulation. He even explored the possibilities that it could be similar to The Maxtrix films or out of a book written by Philip K. Dick.

Here’s the long synopsis:

How do we know the world is real? There’s the evidence of our five senses—sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing—but can’t those responses be hijacked or simulated? Such questions have preoccupied thinkers for millennia, from the speculations of ancient religious texts and philosophers like Rene Descartes, to paranoid science fiction novels, television, and blockbuster films. Given our online infoscape peopled by digital avatars and hobbled by conspiracy theories, is it a surprise that existential doubt is gaining traction?

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Rodney Ascher on A Glitch in the Matrix. We talked about his approach, using avatars to keep witnesses anonymously, and on whether he believes this is reality.

Rodney Ascher created documentaries that explore subjective experience, utilizing experimental and found-footage. In 2012’s Room 237, the film explores The Shining through the eyes of five different people. His follow-up film The Nightmare, the film looks into real people’s experiences with sleep paralysis as a supernatural experience. Last year, he premiered The El Duce Tapes that focused on the notorious lead singer from the archival footage of a VHS camcorder.

A Glitch in the Maxtrix premieres at the Sundance Film Festival tonight. Magnolia Pictures releases the documentary in theaters and On Demand on February 5.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Magnolia Pictures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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