Brooklyn, 5 minutes in the future. That’s where Creative Control, a feature film from Black Dog director Ben Dickinson, kicks off.
The film is set in New York, in the not-too-distant-future where the glorious technological advances and communication devices meant to increase connectivity and alleviate boredom are only increasing anxiety levels. Ben is the film’s writer, director and leading man, a true triple treat. He’s set his comedic targets at everything from personal relationships to our relationship with technology, harnessing some Woody Allen-flavored existentialism, subtle sci-fi backdrops and augmented reality along the way.
Ben plays David, an overworked, tech-addled ad exec developing a high-profile marketing campaign for a new generation of augmented reality glasses. The film also stars Nora Zehetner (Brick, IFC’s Maron), Dan Gill (The Wedding Ringer) and Alexia Rasmussen (California Solo), and it’s not long before the mundane shifts, passions escalate and fantasy and reality begin to blur for these four friends.
SlashFilm described it as neurotic and comedic, saying, “This near-future slice of quasi-science fiction is a very funny and occasionally chilling look at what happens when the amazing technology within our grasp collides with the fact that human beings are, in general, Big Dumb Selfish Idiots.”
Creative Control was picked up by Amazon Studios and Magnolia after it screened at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and today they’ve released the first trailer. Take a look: