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‘Operator’ Exclusive Clip: An Anxious Programmer Replaces His Wife With an Ideal Replica

The film stars Martin Starr and Mae Whitman as the couple in Logan Kiben's feature debut.

Mae Whitman and Martin Starr in “Operator”

The Orchard

In an age of constant technological innovation, the new film “Operator” asks the question: What happens if you could replace your significant other with an unflawed double? Logan Kiben’s debut film stars Martin Starr (“Freaks and Geeks”) as Joe, an anxious programmer who enlists the help of Emily (Mae Whitman), his empathetic wife, when given the task to create the perfect call center program, but their relationship soon deteriorates when he replaces her with an ideal replica. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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“I wanted to look at the intersection of anxiety and technology through the lens of a long term relationship,” says director Logan Kibens. “Joe relies on data to create the illusion of control and stability in his life. Like so many people, he struggles with anxiety and panic, and these feelings are exacerbated because he’s surrounded himself with things that seem perfect. His wife Emily is desperate to change her own subservient behavior and embrace the chaos of an artistic life. The film is about all the characters learning to trust that our flawed, uniquely human qualities can be enough to navigate us through an uncertain world.”

READ MORE: 7 Hidden Gems in the 2016 SXSW Features Lineup

“Operator” made its world premiere at this year’s SXSW festival. It is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms from The Orchard.


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