The lead performance by Jennifer Van Dyck is hypnotic and devastatingly real and would have earned an Oscar nomination had the film been backed by the kind of money that usually supports such contenders. Writer/ director/producer Zack Winestine likewise reveals himself a filmmaker of stunningly mature and observant abilities. And in case that's not clear from watching the movie, a text interview is featured on the DVD in which Winestine elaborates more on the film and its themes, even drawling analogies to figures like "Lawrence of Arabia."
One shudders to think how many independent movies of this caliber not only fail to enjoy proper releases but fail to even secure theatrical release. It's the film world's great fortune that "States of Control" did not become one of them. Starring Jennifer Van Dyck, John Cunningham, Stephen Bogardus. Directed and written by Zack Winestine. Produced by Zack Winestine, Priscilla Guastavino, Joanne Pawlowski and Matt Janes. A Vanguard release. Unrated. Running time: 84 min