2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20


Monday, March 14
9:15PM - 10:44PM


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Joe (Martin Starr) loves data. He tracks his diet and exercise, his mood and sex life – turning the information into beautiful charts that help him control his often overwhelming anxiety. At work Joe designs personalities for digital customer service voices, but his latest robo-agent for a client is a disaster. In a moment of inspiration he enlists his wife Emily (Mae Whitman) to serve as the template for the redesigned voice. The project goes well until Joe’s obsession with replicating his wife's empathy threatens their marriage.

Section: Visions
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 89min

Director: Logan Kibens

Executive Producer: Andrew Duncan, Sharon Greene, Felipe A. Dieppa

Producer: Aaron Cruze, Logan Kibens

Screenwriter: Sharon Greene, Logan Kibens

Cinematographer: Steeven Petitteville

Editor: Logan Kibens

Production Designer: Paris Pickard

Sound Designer: Nathan Ruyle

Music: Sage Lewis

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Jacqueline "JJ" Ingram, Costume Designer: Tasha Goldthwait, Casting Director: Barbara J. McCarthy, Casting Associate: Alice Merlin, Motion Graphics: MK12

Principal Cast: Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon, Cameron Esposito, Retta, Christine Lahti, Kate Cobb, Kris D. Lofton, Tim Hopper, Trevor Dawkins


Logan Kibens has been making short films since high school in Michigan. After receiving her MFA from CalArts, she was selected as an HBO/DGA Directing Fellow. Her screenplay OPERATOR was incubated at the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Film Independent. OPERATOR is Logan’s feature film debut.

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