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YEAR 2014

SECTION Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 98 min

In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster.

Experimenter invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind, beginning with his obedience research and wending a path to uncover how inner obsessions and the times in which he lived shaped a parade of human behavior inquiries, including the “six degrees of separation” findings. Constantly subverting expectations with surprising structural and stylistic choices, writer/director Michael Almereyda transmutes the crusty period biopic form into something playful, energetic, and deeply satisfying—taking bold risks to yield profound insights, like all great experiments. —C.L.

EMAIL FGOLOMBEK@FJPRODUCTIONS.COM

COMPANY EXPERIMENTER FILM PRODUCTIONS, INC.

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Artist Bio

Michael Almereyda’s films include Twister (1989), Another Girl Another Planet (1992), Nadja (1995), Hamlet (2000), William Eggleston in the Real World (2005), Paradise (2009), and Cymbeline (2014). His documentary Skinningrove won the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Almereyda directed an episode of Deadwood and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005.