ULTRASOUND follows Glen (Vincent Kartheiser) driving home late at night during a heavy rainstorm, Glen experiences car trouble. Near where his car gets stuck, he spots a house, knocks on the door and is greeted by an oddly friendly middle-aged man, Arthur (Bob Stephenson), and his younger wife, Cyndi, (Chelsea Lopez). The strange couple pours him a drink, and then more drinks, followed by an unexpected offer that Glen can’t refuse. Elsewhere, a young woman, Katie (Rainey Qualley), is feeling emotionally weighed down by a secret romantic arrangement that feels like a textbook case of gaslighting. And at the same time, in a nondescript research facility, medical professional Shannon (Breeda Wool) begins questioning her role in a bizarre experiment, fearing that she’s doing more harm than good. Director Rob Schroeder joins us for a conversation on his collaboration with Conor Stechschulte (Generous Bosoms) and Cinematographer Mathew Rudenberg (Sun Choke) in this mind bending story of deception, manipulation. political power and altered reality.
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About the filmmaker – Rob Schroeder began his film career as a music video director and independent producer. He co-founded Lodger Films in Los Angeles and currently produces and directs the Emmy®-winning PBS series “Variety Studio: Actors On Actors,” now in its 14th season. ULTRASOUND is his feature film directorial debut.
92% on RottenTomatoes
“Schroeder’s feature debut is an assured and entertaining puzzle that has cult classic written all over it. It comes highly recommended to fans of Christopher Nolan’s work like Memento.” – Martin Unsworth, Starburst
“A technical and narrative stroke of brilliance, Ultrasound is an ever expanding slice of science fiction that could easily be the baby of David Cronenberg.” – Kat Hughes, THN
“…creating a film which is both captivating and breath-taking.” – Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia
“here different interests – scientific, political, military, personal – vie for control over a narrative that’s fast coming to term.” – Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound
“a hypnotic, paranoid experiment in the sort of psychological manipulations that are the natural province of advertisers, abusers, agents of social control – and of course filmmakers.” – Movies on Weekends