Mad Machine

This film is available for the run of the festival starting the day of Thanksgiving 2021. To watch or to vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 11.  You also have the option to buy the Movie Buff Pass to watch all the films of the festival until December 15, 2021.


In the not-too-distant future, personal security androids fill the void left by a fully privatized police force. When one woman’s android malfunctions, she must fight to survive its murderous onslaught.

Director Biography – Sergio Guerra

Sergio Guerra’s fondness for suspense and the unsettling formed at an early age, the end result of too many impressionable “Twilight Zone” marathons. A San Francisco native, the award-winning Latinx writer/director started making movies in high school using old family cameras, developing a particular affinity for the eerie graininess of Super 8. He honed his craft while attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
His work includes the original horror pilot “Creature Comfort,” a winner in the ATX-Blacklist Script Competition; “Murder Ballad,” a Southern Gothic horror short that had its world premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) and its LA premiere at Screamfest; “Shattered,” winner of Best Horror at the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival; and “Home Invasion,” an Official Selection in the Fantaspoa at Home contest.

Director Statement

I wanted to tell a story that comments on where we are as a society with regards to law enforcement, privatization, and corporatism, as well as where we may be headed in the near future.

Together with the help of my very game wife, my brother, and a good friend, I made “Mad Machine.” It was, quite honestly, the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie.

I hope you enjoy the frightening concept, suspense, and fresh perspective from behind the lens.

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