Directed by Noah Hutton
Film Movement
104 Minutes
Science Fiction, Mystery, Drama
Not Rated

In a parallel present, delivery man Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother. After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market. As he gets pulled deeper into the zone, he encounters growing hostility and the threat of robot cablers, and must choose to either help his fellow workers or to get rich and get out.

Director & Cast




  • "A sharp take-down of unfettered crony capitalism."
    Christopher Reed, Hammer to Nail
  • "A smart class-conscious sci-fi parable."
    John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Noah Hutton's feature debut is an ambitious blend of modern technology and timeless concerns, bolstered by a winking good humor."
    Kate Erbland, Indiewire
  • "Hutton scores a direct hit on the persistent machinations of corporations to nickel and dime everyone at each turn. The ridiculous complexity of life in systems designed for other systems instead of humans is ridiculed to great effect. "
    Bradley Gibson, Film Threat
  • "Like a lot of indie science fiction, writer/director/composer Noah Hutton‘s Lapsis takes place in a five-minutes-from-now sort of future, one which looks like if the Apple II-era ’90s suddenly leaped forward into quantum computing, and the rest of the world was left behind. But the allure of Lapsis isn’t in its retrofuturism, but in the way Hutton melds these technologies with a dark sense of humor about the consumptive nature of capitalism. The technology may change, but workers will still owe their soul to the company store."
    Clint Worthington, The Spool
  • "Feeling like a combination of Sorry to Bother You and Wild, Noah Hutton’s ambitious directorial debut Lapsis is the type of sci-fi satire that the festival circuit was built to discover. Thanks to a creative premise and witty dialogue, Hutton has delivered a film that is both entertaining and thought-provoking."
    Sean Boelman, Disappointment Media
  • " Hutton’s inventive storytelling weaves a clever web throughout...."
    Andrew Osborne, Culture Vulture