Writer/director Noah Hutton’s parallel universe cautionary tale Lapsis examines the relationship between exploitative corporations and their independent contractors in a gig economy gone unchecked. Dean Imperial stars as Ray, a delivery man who takes on a potentially lucrative side hustle to support his chronically sick brother. The job is simple enough: pulling cable in remote areas for a monopolistic quantum computing and quantum communication systems company. But Ray quickly finds himself not just competing against other cablers for valuable routes but also against a company that pushes its contract workers beyond their limits. Lapsis is available to stream beginning 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 as part of the virtual Other Worlds Film Festival. Lapsis, which was originally scheduled to screen during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, marks the narrative feature film debut of documentary filmmaker Noah Hutton. The son of Debra Winger and Timothy Hutton, and the stepson of Lapsis costar Arliss Howard, Noah Hutton previously directed the documentaries Mosaic, Deep Time, King for Two Days, More to Live For, and Crude Independence. Hutton’s next documentary In Silico, about neuroscientist Henry Markram, is scheduled for a 2021 release.
Aired: Dec. 3, 2020.