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Directed by Pablo Riesgo Almonacid
Narrative Short
United States | 19 min | 2023

When an engineer who destroys malfunctioning androids encounters a shocking abnormality in a rebellious patient, she risks everything to save her new friend and herself.

“Highlights at the 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival”Roger Ebert

“Emerging filmmakers empower audiences at Heartland’s 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival” Cinema Femme

Mental health and technology are connected in more ways that we can imagine. As technology develops at an exponential rate, humanity is at risk of being left behind… of loosing control.
The control that we may loose is now referred to scientifically as The Alignment problem: any behavior considered dangerous or abnormal to humans by an artificial intelligence. But while we try to control A.I. behavior, we overlook the ethics of creating sentient life and then enslaving them to our will.
Mis-Alignment, is a science fiction short film that looks into the ethics of the human alignment. In our story, Roberta, the engineer, suffers from OCD and anxiety, determined to “align” defective artificial intelligence, but when she meets Ved-A, the first android that suffers depression symptoms and performs self harm, Roberta is conflicted. The control she is trying to exert on Ved-A is affecting this being.
I have suffered from anxiety and depression disorders in the past and I understand what it is to struggle, trying to control your emotions through different means at the same time feeling that you are loosing part of yourself in the process. In this story we ask whether both control and freedom can coexist, and at the same time ask the important ethical question of our generation, should we control the new life that we are creating.

Mis-Alignment Poster

Pablo RiesgoPablo Riesgo Almonacid

Pablo Riesgo is a Spanish filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In June 2023, Pablo was awarded the Spotlight Dorado grant to produce his script CUANDO VOLVIMOS A LA TIERRA. His debut feature film MARCO POLO, which he directed in 2022, premiered in theaters in Spain on September 1st 2023, distributed by Begin Again Films. In 2021, his short film TIRO DOMINICAL, played in over twenty film festivals worldwide and received best comedy short award at the 34th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and was later distributed through Omeleto.

Film Information

Director: Pablo Riesgo Almonacid
Country:  United States
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 19 min
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Pablo Riesgo Almonacid, Lucy Mastrullo
Producer:  Santi Naidoo
Cinematography: Audrey Biche
Editor: Joseph Murphy
Original Score: Carlos M. Jara

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