The Orchard has acquired all North American and U.K. rights to Logan Kibens’ directorial debut, Operator, which premiered at SXSW in March. The film stars Martin Starr (Knocked Up) as a programmer who loves data and tracks his diet, exercise, his mood and sex life and turns all of the information into beautiful charts that help him control his often overwhelming anxiety. When he enlists the help of his wife Emily (Mae Whitman, Parenthood), a budding comedy performer, to serve as the voice for a redesigned customer service robo-agent he is creating at work, their happy marriage is threatened.
The film was produced by Aaron Cruze and Kibens and is a production of Andrew Duncan’s June Pictures, an IGX Company (i.e. the film is a production of Cruze & Company and was financed by June Pictures). Executive producers are Duncan, Sharon Greene and Felipe A. Dieppa. Kibens’ screenplay (co-written by Sharon Greene) was incubated at the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. The Orchard will release the film digitally and on-demand in November.
The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners on behalf of June Pictures.