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AUTOMAT questions our relationship with consumerism and technology. In many parts of the world, large corporations are extracting more and more labor from their workers whilst paying them less and less. At the same time, it has become easier and easier to order online – with some platforms famously, it only takes a single click. Free delivery can’t exist any more than a free lunch, and if the customer isn’t paying for it, then someone else is. In AUTOMAT, we want to expose the true cost behind this convenience; we want to make visible, the price of so-called “invisible” labor.
Automat tells the story of Susie, who works in a fulfillment center. When a new intake of workers arrive and Susie meets Alina, an economic migrant. Through their unlikely friendship they find a way to overcome not only their immediate boss, Kenny, and the warehouse, but an entire social system determined to keep them down.
Automat has been a commissioned by Sky as part of the SkyArts50 project. We’re delighted to be part of this prestigious strand but the funds from Sky only cover a fraction of the production costs behind making a high quality drama. Everyone part of the Automat team offered their time and expertise for very little or in some cases for nothing – and it’s with their support we’ve got a film in the can. Our Kickstarter will ensure our film gets finished, gets seen and expose a timely story about the underclass.
As of March 6th, this project has raised $16,500 of their $19,707 goal. This project has 1 day left to raise the $19,707 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $13, you will get a social media shoutout. For a pledge of $33, you will get a private link to the film. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cheevil/automat-a-short-film?