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Films from Olympia Pictures: The Love Machine

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Completed: 1999
Commercial Release: 2000
Running Time: 84 Minutes
Color 16 MM
Distributed by Crystal releasing
Video/DVD from GoKart Media
US Cable Premiere on IFC
UK Cable Premiere on the BBC

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Contents: Synopsis, Production Notes, Interview with the Directors, Cast and Crew Bios, Extensive Photos

Synopsis

http://www.The-Love-Machine.com is the address of an “adult” web site set up on a New York City university web server as a prank by a student, “Marcus B.” Becca Campbell is the self styled investigative reporter who is attempting to make an expose of “sexual fantasy on the internet” by delving into the private lives of some of the local users of the site without their
knowledge. Some of the people Becca meets include:

  • Akira, a Japanese student with an American boyfriend, Javier, and a Japanese girlfriend, Kyoko;
  • Beverly, a woman in her forties who keeps a web journal of her affair with two teenage boys;
  • Shino and Mike, “amateur exhibitionists” who are contemplating a menage a trois arranged entirely by email;
  • Julio, a bookish college professor with a macho-lover alter ego;
  • and Chip, a gay man searching for the absolutely perfect soul mate on the Internet.

A subject perfect for a sleazy talk show turns into something much more substantial as the richly characterized participants become aware of the filmmaker’s purpose and manage to subvert the experience with a surprising dignity and humor.

Blurbs

A VICIOUS, HILARIOUS MASTERPIECE! - San Francisco Weekly
NASTY! A well acted, titillating, malicious satire of ‘sex, lies, and cyberspace.’ - New York Times

THE LOVE MACHINE WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH ! A cleverly executed
and often very funny "internet caper."- The Daily News

FUNNY and PROVOCATIVE! A virtual saloon where sexual adventurers can meet. - TimeOut

GREAT FUN! A wonderfully drawn and truly nasty piece of work that had the jaded, post-therapy Los Angeles audience audibly gasping. - The Independent

HILARIOUSLY CANDID! - The Chicago Reader

EXTRAORDINARY. Lends new meaning to ‘sex, lies, and videotape!’ - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A MUST SEE! - The Bay Area Reporter

WONDERFUL TRICKERY, fabulous performances, expertly crafted!
- Cashiers du Cinemart

A DELICIOUSLY PERVERSE CHRONICLE of love in the time of the
Internet. -Le Devoir (Montreal)

A DELIGHTFULLY WICKED SATIRE! -The Gazette (Montreal)

A FASCINATING GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK WITH REALITY. -Voir

 

 

 

Links

New York Times Review, May 11, 2000

Significant Playdates

  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Chicago Underground Film Fest
  • Norwegian Film Festival, Hagesund
  • Bangkok Film Festival
  • Virginia Festival of American Film
  • San Francisco Indie Fest
  • New York Underground Film Festival
  • SciFi Channel Film Festival, NYC
  • Rio Di Janeiro Int'l Film Festival
  • Sao Paulo Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Secret Cinema
  • Cleveland Cinemateque
  • Brooklyn Heights Cinema
  • ICA Theater, London
  • Pioneer Theater, New York City
  • Cinema Du Parc, Montreal
  • The Japan Society, NYC