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The thriller genre is exploded and reassembled in DeNardo and Felten’s funny and alluring work on paranoia, surveillance, and performance. 


Featuring an intriguingly eclectic cast (including the experimental theater performers Stephanie Hayes and Scott Shepherd, the musician Eleanor Friedberger, and Chloë Sevigny), Slow Machine follows an actress (Hayes) whose intimate relationship with a shadowy NYPD-affiliated operative ends abruptly and disastrously, leading her to hide out in a country house otherwise occupied by a band preparing their new record. But la vie bohemienne proves almost as anxious and tense as life in the city… 


Deftly lensed in 16mm and unfurling as a digressive, tantalizingly off-kilter mystery, Slow Machine is a fascinating work pitched at the intersection of American independent cinema and the avant-garde theater of Richard Foreman and the Wooster Group.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    72 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    NR
  • Director
    Joe Denardo, Paul Felten
  • Screenwriter
    Paul Felten
  • Cast
    Stephanie Hayes, Scott Shepherd, Eleanor Friedberger, Chloë Sevigny