2016 | USA | NR | 87 min.


The Kubrick at Central Grade School Sat, Jul 30, 2016 6:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Narrative
Release Year:2016
Runtime:87 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Martin Starr
Mae Whitman
Nat Faxon
Cameron Esposito
Director:Logan Kibens
Produced by:Aaron Cruze
Logan Kibens
Screenwriter:Sharon Greene
Logan Kibens
Cinematography:Steeven Petitteville
Editing By:Logan Kibens


If you’ve ever tried to pay a bill or get tech support over the phone, then you know: automated answering systems are the absolute worst. “Operator” asks: What if humans could create one that works perfectly? That’s the task facing Joe (Martin Starr, HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) when he is charged with programming the algorithm for a health care company’s answering system. Joe struggles to find the perfect voice for the program—until he realizes that the soothing tones of his wife Emily (Mae Whitman, TV’s “Parenthood”), a hotel desk clerk, are an ideal match. But as he builds the system, his interactions with the automated “Emily”—always agreeable, always right there when he needs her—start to replace his real marriage. A film that will appeal to anyone who loved “Her,” Logan Kibens’ “Operator” is a brilliant, funny, and painfully timely skewering of our tech-dependent world. In Person: Director Logan Kibens; Producer Sharon Greene; Actor Christine Lahti.