“Are we living in ‘reality,’ or do we all spend our days in an elaborate computer simulation? From director Rodney Ascher, who presented us with the many ways to interpret Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING in 2013’s ROOM 237, comes his latest film, which also scrambles our minds with the abundant theories about how to interpret the world around us.” — David Nugent, Artistic Director

We invite you to watch the mind-blowing new documentary A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX.


Directed by Rodney Ascher
(2021, USA, 109 minutes)
Available through March 5, 2021

What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real?

To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Asher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike.

If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX attempts to find out.

“Deliriously alive and expansive. RIVETING.” — Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

Watch in the HamptonsFilm Virtual Screening Room:

  • Click here to purchase a ticket. Members will receive a discount when they log into Elevent. Not a member? Join today!
  • The film will become available Friday, February 12. You can watch at any time through Friday, February 25, at 11:59pm.
  • Once you purchase a ticket, you will receive an email* with a one-step clickthrough link and a voucher code to enter into the HamptonsFilm Virtual Cinema platform or in the HamptonsFilm app on your AppleTV or Roku device. If you have logged in before as a passholder, you will have to log out to reach the screen to enter a voucher code. (*Be sure to check your spam folder.)
  • Have questions? Check out these step-by-step instructions. (Note: this is the same process you may have gone through during the Film Festival in October.)
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