Is John Gallagher Jr. getting Catfished in this trailer? Let’s back up a bit. Part drama, part thriller to a smaller degree (or mystery, perhaps), “The Heart Machine” is about a man living in New York City who begins to suspect that his long-distance girlfriend who he met on the Internet has been living in the Manhattan the whole time, instead of Berlin like she claims. Of course, he sets out to find her.
The movie stars John Gallagher Jr. of “The Newsroom” and Kate Lyn Sheil, an indie darling known for Amy Seimetz‘s “Sun Don’t Shine,” the early films of Alex Ross Perry (including a brief turn in his latest “Listen Up Philip“) and “House of Cards.” Here’s the official synopsis:
Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital media complicates modern love, THE HEART MACHINE explores the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen. This modern mystery tells the story of Cody (John Gallagher Jr. – HBO’s The Newsroom, Short Term 12) and Virginia (Breakthrough actress Kate Lyn Sheil – Netflix House of Cards, You’re Next), who fall in love online, despite the distance between them. Through an interrelated series of events, Cody suspects that Virginia might not actually live in Berlin and may even live in the same city as he does, and seeks to find the truth. THE HEART MACHINE questions love and intimacy in the digital age, and whether you can really trust whom you meet on the internet.
Our review from SXSW said “as technology evolves, options we didn’t even realize we wanted become available… ‘The Heart Machine’ explores these concepts while examining the byproduct of the distance, estrangement and alienation these applications for connection produce.” Written and directed by filmmaker Zachary Wigon, “The Heart Machine” opens theatrically & on VOD Friday, October 24th. VOD platforms include: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Cable Movies On Demand, YouTube, XBOX, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow, and Vudu.