Video Services Corp.
a film by Michael Almereyda
starring Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Anton Yelchin, Taryn Manning
Toronto | October 16, 2015 | Carlton Cinema
Saskatoon | November 20, 2015 | Broadway Theatre
Available On Demand and on iTunes October 16, 2015
“Lingers and haunts.” – Variety
“A forceful yet intimate performance…conceptually exciting, intellectually searching…” – New York Times
Official Selection – 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection – 2015 New York Film Festival
Official Selection – 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival
Official Selection – 2015 Calgary International Film Festival Official Selection – 2015 Fantasia Film Festival
Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter will electrify Canadian audiences this fall from Video Services Corp., starting October 16 at Carlton Cinema, On Demand and on iTunes.
A provocative, audacious take on the true and highly controversial experiment that upset a nation, Experimenter is a bracing portrait of a brilliant man whose troubling insights into human brutality are as important in today’s climate as they ever were.
Peter Sarsgaard masterfully takes on the mantle of famed psychologist Stanley Milgram. At Yale University in 1961, he designed the ‘obedience experiments,’ which observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electric shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents.
With the infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial unfolding on TV sets across America, Milgram’s experiment ignited his peers, and he was branded as a manipulative monster. But Milgram, a Jewish man whose parents escaped Europe during the 1940s, is a man personally tormented by the Holocaust and the darkness of human nature.
Auteur Almereyda (Hamlet, Nadja, Cymbeline) brings a striking and sometimes playful take to this grave subject matter, boldly deploying voice-over and rear-screen projection as he invites us inside Milgram’s whirring, complex mind.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves,” and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and instant cult classic What We Do In The Shadows. Upcoming releases include TIFF 2015 Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award first runner-up This Changes Everything, and 2015 Berlinale Golden Bear winner, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi .
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