Are we in fact living in a simulation? This is the question postulated, wrestled with, and ultimately argued for in the latest provocation from acclaimed documentary stylist Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) through archival footage, compelling interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a collection of cases from some of our most iconoclastic figures in contemporary culture. Using a noted speech from Philip K. Dick as a jumping-off point, Ascher's pointed exploration of the great existential question dives deep into the rabbit hole of conspiracy theory, scientific explanation and philosophical musings, leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of proving the unprovable. Adept at exposing the thoughts of this country's obsessives, Ascher gives voice to the true believers, always with an open mind, and always ready to trust. Listen long enough, and through this highly entertaining and prescient journey for the truth, you too may be ready to wonder if it is not so ridiculous to assume that what we're living through can't possibly be real.—Landon Zackheim
Rodney Ascher is a filmmaker known for creating documentaries that explore the subjective experience and freely appropriate the vocabularies of horror, experimental, and found-footage films to create a unique genre all his own. His past films include Room 237 and The Nightmare.