Private Project

Ctrl Alt Delete

When a team of hacktivists break into an office building server room, they unknowingly uncover an artificial super intelligence. With the reluctant help of the systems administrators they've taken hostage, they must work together to escape as the AI quickly takes over the building and spreads across the Internet.

  • James B. Cox
    Grey Matter (short film)
  • James B. Cox
    Grey Matter (short film)
  • Baruch Kaufman
  • Blake Robbins
    The Sublime and Beautiful
  • James B. Cox
    The Sublime and Beautiful, Grey Matter (short film)
  • Adam Shapiro
    Key Cast
    Steve Jobs (2015), Netflix's Sense8, Short Term 12
  • Blake Robbins
    Key Cast
    The Sublime and Beautiful, NBC's The Office, HBO's OZ
  • Molly Burnett
    Key Cast
    NBC's Days Of Our Lives,
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Vail Film Festival
    Vail, CO
    United States
    April 8, 2016
    Colorado Premiere
  • Famous Monsters' Silver Scream Fest
    Santa Rosa, CA
    March 5, 2016
    Northern California Premiere
    Best Sci-Fi Feature Film
  • GeekFest Film Festival at Long Beach Comic Expo
    Long Beach, CA
    February 20, 2016
    West Coast Premiere
    Best of Fest and Best Feature Film
  • Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    February 6, 2016
    World Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • Independent Filmmakers Showcase
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    May 25, 2016
    Los Angeles Premiere
  • Livermore Valley Film Festival
    Livermore, CA
    United States
    May 13, 2016
Director Biography - James B. Cox

James was born and raised in Northern California, the son of a dentist and a school teacher. He caught the film bug early making short films in the backyard and on family trips. After studying his passion at Chapman University, he wrote and directed the short film, GREY MATTER based on a short story by Stephen King. That film continues to be screened regularly at Stephen King and horror-themed festivals and has garnered four festival competition awards to date (including Vail Film Festival's Best Student Film 2013). James is currently developing projects for film, television, and other media with his producing partner, Baruch Kaufman and their production company, Nighthawks Entertainment.

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Director Statement

Technology has an inherent seductive quality about it. Most people I know will reach for their smartphone in the morning when they wake up even before they talk to their loved ones. But we've created one of the most powerful systems of communication, the Internet, for much more than just pictures of food and videos of cats. Because people all over the world can connect with each other instantly, new communities are forming around niche interests and common beliefs all the time among people who have never met in person. No one, whether they be gay, Mormon, or a fan of professional wrestling, should have to be alone. And now they don't have to be. So is technology's inherent seductive quality good or bad?

This question was very much on my mind during the development of Ctrl Alt Delete. There are plenty of reasons to be afraid: artificial intellgence could destroy our financial systems and infrastructure, nanotechnology could self-replicate all of our natural resources into "grey goo," corporate or governmental big data could eradicate the idea of privacy completely. But like The Force, technology has a Light Side, in addition to the Dark. The Internet made this film possible through crowdfunding, connecting us with crew from all over the nation, as well as answering those pesky technical questions, like "What are the optimal environmental vectors of an enterprise level data center?" Ultimately what I discovered through making Ctrl Alt Delete is if we are ever going to fight the Dark Side of technology, we will need the Light Side and more importantly we will need each other.

- James B. Cox, writer/director of Ctrl Alt Delete