A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief
“A hallucinogenic boggler . . a spellbinding and beautiful experience.”
“Reiss' fast paced film views like a Gumby episode that's gone terribly, terribly wrong.”
Steven Mikulan LA Weekly Pick of the Week
“This film is fun and funny. Reiss' camera mitigates the cold impersonality of the machines, making them seem almost human, even as they inflict chaotic mechanical justice on one another.”
Laurie Ochoa LA Weekly Pick of the Week
Producer, Director, Editor.
A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief is a fractured narrative featuring large anthropomorphic robots constructed by Survival Research Laboratories (S.R.L.). Living in their own fictional world devoid of humankind, the machines act out scenarios of perpetual torment, exasperated consumption and tragic recognition. The film is a fast paced glimpse into the disturbing nightmare of machine psychology.
Notable Release Aspects
Festivals: Panorama/Berlinale, Sundance, New Directors/New Films, Chicago International, Montreal, San Francisco International, Sao Paulo, Edinburgh