The Beta Test

by Jim Cummings , PJ McCabe

United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2021
91 min
OV English - French subtitles
Feature film
Fiction
Color
DCP

Content warning: scenes, words or images may offend the spectators' sensitivity

Jim Cummings will be attending

In competition 2021

Official synopsis

Jordan Hines, a successful Hollywood agent about to tie the knot, receive an anonymous letter inviting him to a mysterious sexual appointment...

The programmer’s eye

“The Beta Test” stands as a post-Weinstein creaky satire shrouded in a paranoid and erotic thriller from the 90s. In Hollywood, a place dominated by the fear of denunciation, the film makes fun of the hypocrisy of an industry which reshaped its image without really changing. Jordan, its anti-hero, embodies a new form of civilized toxicity, on the verge of psychic breakdown. See all the emotions that distort the monstrously perfect plasticity of Jim Cummings’ face, an actor whose power reminds that of Jim Carrey. Jim Cummings stands as a very unique voice of American independent cinema, discovered in 2018 with “Thunder Road”. — Mélissa Blanco

Biography and Filmography

Jim Cummings is a filmmaker, screenwriter and actor who appeared in 2012 on the list of the 25 new faces of independent cinema established by Filmmaker Magazine. Since 2014, he has lectured and written articles on independent cinema and its future. His first film, “Thunder Road”, won the Grand Prix of the Deauville Festival in 2018. In 2020 he directed the horror comedy “The Wolf of Snow Hollow”, before co-directing “The Beta Test” with PJ McCabe.

2021 - THE BETA TEST - Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe - Director and screenwriter
2020 - THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2018 - THUNDER ROAD - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - HYDRANGEA (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - IT'S ALL RIGHT, IT'S OK (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - THE ROBBERY (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2016 - US FUNNY (Short) - Julia Bales, Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2016 - THUNDER ROAD (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2012 - THE FLAMINGO (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2010 - NO FLOODWALL HERE - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2009 - BROTHERS (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director

PJ McCabe studied at Emerson College and then embarked on a career as an actor, while working as a screenwriter and director for film and television. “The Beta Test”, co-directed with Jim Cummings, is his first feature film.

2021 - THE BETA TEST - Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe - Director and screenwriter
2006 - THE 30 BONES OF UNFORTUNATE JOEY JONES (Short) - Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus - Screenwriter

Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe

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de Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe

Jim Cummings is a filmmaker, screenwriter and actor who appeared in 2012 on the list of the 25 new faces of independent cinema established by Filmmaker Magazine. Since 2014, he has lectured and written articles on independent cinema and its future. His first film, “Thunder Road”, won the Grand Prix of the Deauville Festival in 2018. In 2020 he directed the horror comedy “The Wolf of Snow Hollow”, before co-directing “The Beta Test” with PJ McCabe.

2021 - THE BETA TEST - Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe - Director and screenwriter
2020 - THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2018 - THUNDER ROAD - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - HYDRANGEA (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - IT'S ALL RIGHT, IT'S OK (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2017 - THE ROBBERY (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2016 - US FUNNY (Short) - Julia Bales, Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2016 - THUNDER ROAD (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2012 - THE FLAMINGO (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2010 - NO FLOODWALL HERE - Jim Cummings - Director and screenwriter
2009 - BROTHERS (Short) - Jim Cummings - Director

PJ McCabe studied at Emerson College and then embarked on a career as an actor, while working as a screenwriter and director for film and television. “The Beta Test”, co-directed with Jim Cummings, is his first feature film.

2021 - THE BETA TEST - Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe - Director and screenwriter
2006 - THE 30 BONES OF UNFORTUNATE JOEY JONES (Short) - Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus - Screenwriter