On Tuesday May 24 the Other Worlds Austin Staff meeting was interrupted by an unknown force that possessed OWA Director of Operations, Courtney Hazlett. After all the shaking and slobbering, Courtney jumped on top of the conference room table and paced around staring down each team member. She moved like she was a marionette with its strings tangled and spoke in mumblecore. Luckily, Jordan Brown had her Duplass Mumble What? Translator App on her phone.
Courtney came to and the team huddled around Jordan's phone as the app filtered out all of the bullshit. They gasped in unison as the results flashed on the screen. HUMANITY ENDS ON JUNE 23rd 2016.
But who sent the message and how are they planning to end humanity?
Worry not our fellow humans, the Other Worlds Austin team is on the case and we have already captured the usual suspects. Cthulhu, an out of control AI, and many others are currently being interrogated. We will post the interrogation logs to our blog in the hope that you can help us figure out who plans on ending humanity on the same night as the Other Worlds Austin 9 pm screening of PRISONER X at Flix Brewhouse (see the trailer and buy tickets here).
Case: 06232016 Humanity's End
Suspect Number 4: Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
OWA Interrogator: Hospitality Director Debbie Cerda
Interrogation Setting: Sound Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee
DC: Mr. Stipe, where were you on the night of May 24th?
MS: Six o’clock, TV hour, don’t get caught in foreign tower…
DC: What?! Were you at home watching television?
MS: Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped…
DC: Mr. Stipe, do you know why we brought you in? On November 16, 1987, you released an album recorded in this very facility. You very specifically stated “It’s the End of the World as We Know It…
MS: And I feel fine.
DC: Are you sure? These are very serious allegations, that you envisioned the end of the world because you yourself are bringing about its demise.
MS: That’s great, it starts with an earthquake. Birds and snakes, an aeroplane, and Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
DC: What does Lenny Bruce have to do with the end of the world and humanity? Is he your accomplice? What did you do to Courtney?
MS: Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry with the Furies breathing down your neck.
DC: What’s with this aeroplane? Can you elaborate – are you going to crash a plane somewhere?
MS: Look at that low plane, fine, then.
DC: Alright, not a plane crash. I need you to help me understand.
MS: World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed.
DC: Okay then – my instinct tells me that you have no idea what I’m talking about, and are cleared of involvement -- but if there’s any information that you think relevant to this investigation, please let us know immediately.
MS: Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline.
DC: What? You’re saying you refuse to help us?
MS: It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. It's time I had some time alone.
DC: Goodbye Mr. Stipe.