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Amazon Studios Exhort “Creative Control” on Benjamin Dickinson

Amazon Studios are high on Benjamin Dickinson‘s sophomore film. Not only have they acquired his second feature film, but they’ll be developing his next project as well. Variety reports that Amazon will partner with Magnolia Pictures to release Creative Control theatrically (unclear whether it’ll drop this year or next).

Gist: Written by Micah Bloomberg and Dickinson, this is described as a dark sci-fi comedy set in the near-future and telling the story of four Brooklynites whose tech-obsessed lifestyles get the better of them. Anxious, ambitious ad executive starts a chain reaction of destruction when he becomes obsessed with his best friend’s free-spirited girlfriend while working on a campaign for a new generation of Augmented Reality Glasses.

Worth Noting: His directorial debut, First Time was distributed by Film Movement.

Do We Care?: One of the better films to break out of this year’s SXSW, Creative Control won the special jury prize for visual excellence. Loads of potential upon its release.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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