Wed, Dec 04 | 7:00 PM

THE TANGLE

Director-Christopher Soren Kelly Sci-Fi, Neo-Noir 99 minute runtime
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THE TANGLE

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Dec 04, 2019, 7:00 PM
7:00 PM, NEW PEOPLE CINEMA 1746 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

About The Event

TRAILER--> The Tangle

THE TANGLE is a stylish neo-noir, hard sci-fi feature film. Set in a near future in which the Tangle connects everyone to everything via hard drives in the brain, a group of government agents try to protect humanity from within hidden technology saferooms, rooms the Tangle cannot reach. A murder mystery with the dark, hard-boiled style of a BLADE RUNNER, the rich interweaving of stories of a 12 MONKEYS, and the fully imagined technological future of a MINORITY REPORT.

Written and Directed by Christopher Soren Kelly

In the near future, the Tangle connects the world. A secret government agency watches over the Tangle from within technology safe rooms, locations impermeable to the nanobots that make up the Tangle. When field agent Margot Foster is murdered in one of these rooms, it’s the first murder in California in three years. 

THE TANGLE, a brilliant sci-fi noir written and directed by Christopher Soren Kelly and stars Jessica Graham (Crazy Bitches) and Nicole Da Silva (Wentworth) In the near future, the TANGLE, an AI with airborne nanotech, connects the world. The Tangle is benevolent; it has stopped crime, keeps us well and safe.  But to make sure it never turns rogue a government agency watches over them from within technology safe rooms, locations impermeable to the nanobots that make up the Tangle. When field agent Margot Foster is found dead in one of these rooms, the agency needs to investigate the first murder in years.  #TheTangle #SciFi #TheTangleTrailer

Below review is written by Nisa Khan on FILMERA.com

The Tangle cultivates a world not completely far-fetched. In the near future, the world is completely connected by an airborne nanotech called the Tangle. Along with completely stopping crime, the Tangle has allowed people to retreat into their own personally-crafted spaces. The people of Earth are able to converse across cities simply by speaking into open air, avatars are assigned to each person, the world is searchable, and there are cameras just about everywhere. Think Google Glass™ except it’s embedded into your brain and body.

A few select government agents opted out of the Tangle in order to keep a check on the powerful system. On the outside, they appear cool and collected, but the facade is lifted and tension broken as one of their agents, played by Mary Jane Wells, is violently killed. The film then forms itself around the murder, satisfyingly pulling together the threads of its mysterious, near-future world.

Tucked in a cellar-like space – free from all advanced technology, beyond a dial-up telephone – two agents interrogate Carter Carmine (Joshua Bitton), a leading computer scientist that the agents are convinced was involved in the murder. For good portions of the film, this is our setting and interactions: suitably claustrophobic and tense. 

The agents – who are also married – have history with Carter, as they were all part of the Tangle’s creation. Edward (played by director, Christopher Soren Kelly) and Laurel (Jessica Graham) find themselves questioning the world they help monitor, as they attempt to solve the first murder in years – a premise reminiscent of Minority Report. While the film never really leans into this “first murder in years” angle, it does hone in on the interrogation of Carter in a tense, close-knit quarters as their interpersonal tangles comes to light.

From the ‘50s-style clothing and mechanics, The Tangle‘s noir roots are well-established. Understandably, then, the dialogue is snappy and deeply verbose – with run-ons and metaphors galore. Your enjoyment might well depend on your own threshold for that kind of gumshoe gumption (mine’s pretty high, so I was completely in for the ride). The actors’ delivery of their purple speeches and quips completes the experience – although I will admit, some of the solo poetry deliveries, like one included in the trailer, did make me a little wary. Nicole da Silva, playing a fellow intimidating agent, easily gives some of my favorite deliveries in the entire film – wielding a violently fun energy as she shatters the composure of some of the more collected characters.

Consistently throughout, I found myself more invested in the world than the murder. Whenever characters went deep into their conversations, I was trying to figure out more of the universe’s mechanics and rules (which were sadly left a little under-explained). I admired the set, too: the gadgets and the old-school mechanics, even if I had no idea what their exact use was.

That belief is one of the glaring gaps in watching The Tangle – not only are we piecing together the murder, but we are also losing ourselves in the world that has been created, and so I was often left confused over some of the character conflicts. That being said, however, there are certain scenes that genuinely made me gasp out loud.

The film leaves you questioning its actual stance on the themes of over-connectivity and surveillance that we are grappling with in our own contemporary word. And with these current worries over privacy, The Tangle actually seems surprisingly forgiving – opting against the “tech is bad” mantra that other films of its type often engage in.

The Tangle presents its viewer with a compelling case and a stylish set. While not everything ultimately aligns, its engagement with the noir genre is done in a way that feels both familiar and fresh. 

Directed by 

Christopher Soren Kelly

Writing Credits(in alphabetical order)

Christopher Soren Kelly

Cast(in credits order)

Joshua Bitton...Carter Christopher Soren Kelly...Edward Jessica Graham...Laurel Nicole da Silva...Francesca Anil Kumar...Avatar Mary Jane Wells...Margot Bel Deliá...Cleo Rest of cast listed alphabetically:Kevin Oestenstad...Frank's Robotaxi 

Produced by 

Jesse D. Arrow...associate producerJoshua Bitton...co-producerJason Coleman...associate producerNicole da Silva...associate producerMatt Guthrie DeLange...executive producerJessica Graham...producerChristopher Soren Kelly...producerEduardo Maytorena...associate producerRichard S. Powers...executive producerClark D. Schaefer...executive producer / producer

Music by 

Liam Fox O'Brien

Cinematography by 

Robert Muratore

Film Editing by 

Christopher Soren Kelly

Production Design by 

Eric Thorne

Costume Design by 

Annie Burdzey

Makeup Department 

Ken Hertlein..."Margot" special makeup effectsCrystal Nardico...key hair stylist / key makeup artistAracely Ramirez..."Margot" special makeup effects assistant

Sound Department 

Danielle Dupre...assistant re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer / sound effects editorMatt Kendrick...sound recordist

Visual Effects by 

Jamie Baxter...digital effectsAdrian Bishop...visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department 

Jesse D. Arrow...still photographerJason C. Fitzgerald...gaffer / key gripLindsey Lune...still photographer (as Lindsey Loon)Kayla Porterfield...assistant cameraAdrian M. Pruett...2nd unit director of photographyBrett Stanley...still photographerJon Stevenson...Additional Photography / assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Agatha French...special wardrobe

Editorial Department 

Peter Swartz...colorist

Thanks 

Denis Agarkov...special thanksEric Alperin...very special thanksGreg Berke...thanksJane Clark...special thanksSinbad Kim...special thanksAlexis Moreno...additional thanksKevin Oestenstad...special thanksAndrew Radi...additional thanksMeredith Riley Stewart...thanksJamin Winans...thanksKiowa K. Winans...thanks

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Oct 25, 2017 at 9:00pm - 10:30pm PDT

New People, 1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA

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