When a woman takes a new drug meant to enhance assertiveness by blocking empathy, she ends up locked in a deadly power struggle with her dismissive husband.
Mousy Hana is thrilled to discover a new pill that temporarily disables the empathy center of the brain so that people who have always had trouble putting themselves first can finally get a chance to succeed in life and love. Her husband, Aleksi, calls all the shots in their marriage, largely by criticizing and manipulating her into feeling sorry for him. With the help of the drug, Hana hopes to assert herself and improve their relationship.
At first, the pill seems to be paying off: she’s able to stand up for herself and meet her needs. But there’s a downside: when the drug wears off, all of her guilt comes rushing back. In order to avoid these attacks, Hana increases her dosage and, as a result, begins to lose her humanity.
Into the Uncanny Valley is a psychological horror/thriller with a touch of dark comedy that explores the cost of choosing to live without empathy – a trait traditionally associated with the feminine – in order to succeed in a man’s world.
Liz Fania Werner was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She grew up watching the X-files and reruns of the Twilight Zone with her family and has had a passion for genre storytelling ever since, in particular stories about powerful – and sometimes dangerous – women. Liz earned an MFA with distinction from the University of Southern California’s Writing for Screen and Television program where she was one of two students in her class to win an Annenberg Fellowship. Her Masters script was awarded distinction by the USC faculty and her short screenplay “Assassination of a Mathematician” won a budget of $30,000 and was produced by USC’s Peter Stark Program. She went on to work as a staff writer on the one-hour drama series RPM Miami (described by Variety as “’Fast and the Furious’ meets ‘Desperate Housewives’”) which aired on the Mun2 network, a member of the NBC/Universal family, and to pen a feature adaptation of Babylon Sisters, a novel by Oprah Book Club selected author Pearl Cleage. She has also collaborated with screenwriter Joel Wyman (Fringe, The Mexican) and developed a horror feature project for DMG Entertainment (Looper, Iron Man 3). Most recently, Liz completed a biopic about WNBA player Abby Bishop for Sentient Entertainment and her feature script, Kin, won the PAGE Award Silver Prize in the Horror-Thriller category. Liz lives in Los Angeles where she is currently working with co-director Carlos Montaner on the feature film version of Into the Uncanny Valley.
Born in Puerto Rico to a family of Cuban exiles, Carlos Montaner was raised in Madrid, Spain. At sixteen, he read the autobiography of Oscar award-winning cinematographer Nestor Almendros (Days of Heaven, Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice) and it changed his life. Almendros took Carlos on as a mentee after he moved to New York to earn a BFA in film at the School of Visual Arts. Then, on Almendros’ advice, he traveled to Los Angeles where he received his MFA in cinematography at the American Film Institute.
Mentored by the late D.P. Michael Ballhaus on the set of Mambo Kings, Carlos went on to shoot multiple independent films such as Friends and Lovers starring Robert Downey Jr. for Lionsgate. His work on the Francisco Lorite short film Mediation won Best Cinematography in the short film category in the Sydney Indie Film Festival in 2015. He has also photographed over a hundred national, international and local commercial campaigns and has pitched, directed and photographed many others, including the San Francisco’s Super Bowl spot for ESPN.
Carlos also has a passion for documentaries and has shot extensively for the History and Discovery channel. He directed his own documentary film on Cuba, The Grandchildren of the Cuban Revolution, which was an official selection of the Cincinnati Film Festival.
He is a dedicated cinematographer and director with a passion for fiction, horror and the terrifying truths of documentary. Carlos currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Born in Mexico City, Gustavo Bowes holds a BA in communications from the Universidad Intercontinental. He began his career as a publicist for La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s home studio. He has also worked in radio and produced theater. Gustavo Bowes is now a film/television producer and senior researcher with a passion for educational and socially relevant content. He was an associate producer on ULTIMATE BEASTMASTER and NAILED IT MEXICO (Netflix). He also worked as a lead researcher on live game show CONFETTI for Facebook Watch, the most successful streaming quiz show in the company’s history. In addition, he worked at Dreamworks on various projects.
Lead actress Kimberly Alexander is known for her work in Los Angeles Theatre, including: SOUTHERNMOST (Playwright’s Arena), STOCKHOLM (The Triptych Group; Stage Raw Nomination for Lead Actress), RED SPEEDO (The Road Theatre), RESOLVING HEDDA (The Victory Theatre; Robby Award Winner for Best Actress in a Comedy), THE ENGINE OF OUR RUIN (The Victory Theatre; Robby Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Stage Raw Nomination for Supporting Actress), LIANA AND BEN (Circle X), THE GREAT DIVIDE (The Lillian Theatre) and DERBY DAY (The Elephant Theatre). She has also worked extensively in film and television with credits including NCIS, TRUE NIGHTMARES, BLOODLINE, FEMALE FIGHT SQUAD, MONSTAGRAM, THE ROMANTICS and NEVER STOP as well as commercials for Hyundai (SuperBowl with Jason Bateman), Toyota, Verizon, Sleep Number, 3M, Target, MTV, Starz Network, Lenovo and Ubisoft. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as well as with Larry Moss, Gregory Berger and Joshua Bitton. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys pottery, books, yoga, happy hours, kombucha and spending time with her dog, Batman. www.imdb.me/kimberlyalexander
Born and raised in Sweden, Mikael did his first theatre appearance in a Christmas show at the age of six, and performance has been a major part of his life ever since. At age ten, he started doing theatre in a youth group at Vår Teater (Our Theatre) in Stockholm, and by fourteen he made his professional debut on a popular youth TV show. In high school, Mikael majored in Science with fire-fighting and rescue, but continued to pursue his passion for acting with active participation in a fringe theatre group. After high school he did his compulsory military service, before moving on to do a one-year diploma course in acting at Folkuniversitetet in Stockholm. Mikael then made the move across the Atlantic to Santa Monica, CA, where he attended Santa Monica College and attained an AA-degree in Theatre Arts. Upon graduation, he was accepted onto the Master program at Guildford School of Acting, where he studied with such esteemed performers as Sheila Allen, Paul Brennan, and Ian Ricketts. During his time at GSA, Mikael was awarded the Post Graduate Principals Award for his achievements. After graduation, Mikael moved back to Sweden and worked as an actor, starring in multiple projects, some with international recognition. After a couple of years in Sweden, it became clear that a return to Los Angeles would be the best move for Mikael’s career, so he returned in 2012, and became a permanent resident two years later. Upon his return to Los Angeles he continued his education and graduated from USC School of Dramatic Arts in 2015. During his time at USC, Mikael worked with and learned from prestigious professionals such as Michael Keenan, John DeMita, Andrew Borba, and Eugene Lazarev. Since graduating, Mikael has worked on several on award-winning short films, and during the past year, he has performed in multiple feature films, all set for release in 2020/21.
Editor Tamara Friedman comes from a background that is versatile and diverse. Her passion for all that is filmmaking and storytelling began when she first fell in love with the still camera. She graduated from the iconic UCSF San Francisco Art Institute – BFA degrees in Photography and in Graphic Arts and went into motion pictures. Tamara now has 20 plus years of experience as a Director, Editor and Line Producer encompassing features, documentaries, television, commercials, short films, branded content and music videos.
Some of Tamara’s editing work includes many award winning independent feature films and documentaries like “B-Girl”, “Boston; The Documentary”, and “Man of the Year”.
She is also editor of the recent controversial documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” for Lifetime television and editor of many innovative television series’ including “The Real World”, “Survivor”, “Livin’ Large”, “Faking it”, “MTV’s Surf Girls” and “House Wars” for NBC, CBS, TBS, Lifetime, MTV, USA and Discovery.
Tamara’s love of the still camera remains as she continues to shoot still photographs.
Diego De Pietri (a.k.a. DDP and DiegoDE) is an award-winning Los Angeles-based songwriter, music producer and musical director. Diego has written and produced music for NBC, FOX, Nickelodeon, Nu Image films, Pearson TV, Telemundo, Univision, MundoFOX, SiTV, etc. With more than 50 albums produced and 11 eleven solo albums released, Diego has also written 60+ books including a book series for kids called “La Granja Naranja”, available worldwide. He has written 500+ songs licensed thru DMDPB Publishing (Ascap).
“The Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) of Latin Pop music… Musically and Lyrically.” (Wired Magazine)
Over the years, Diego has also performed as a pianist for some of the hottest Latin artists, including Miguel Mateos, Christian Castro and the Christian artist Rabito and has been guest keyboard player for La Ley, Paulina Rubio and Charlie Zaa, among others. Diego has served as Musical Director for several TV shows’ house bands in California.
Diego De Pietri owns and operates DDP MUSIC STUDIOS, an Audio Post Production facility, in Los Angeles, California.
Links: www.DDPMUSIC.com , www.DiegoDePietri.com , www.DiegoDE.com