Other Worlds Austin Announces Second Wave of Films
Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival announces four more features for Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival (Dec 3-5). The features include the Centerpiece Film NO MEN BEYOND THIS POINT, which will screen as a Texas premiere Friday night, December 4.
“NO MEN BEYOND THIS POINT is one of the most fascinating films of the year,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Director of Programming. “The issues suggested by a world in which men are no longer necessary get to the core of science fiction, what it means to be human, and forge a society together.”
Fonté states that to just refer to the film as a mockumentary robs it of its importance. “This is challenging work, full of thought, and unafraid to be a little politically incorrect,” says Fonté. I know the OWA audience is going to enjoy this alternate history lesson.”
The other films announced are the Texas premieres of the SciFi/horror CURTAIN and OTHER HALVES as well as the Austin premiere of PROJECT-M.
NO MEN BEYOND THIS POINT (Texas Premiere) Canada, 80 minutes
Writer/Director: Mark Sawyers
Synopsis: An alternate history deadpan mockumentary following 37 year-old Andrew Myers, the youngest man still alive. With women able to reproduce without men since 1953, they’ve stopped giving birth to male babies entirely. Working as a housekeeper for a family of women, Andrew finds himself at the center of a battle to prevent men from going extinct. Men have gathered onto reservations and the idea of a romantic relationship with one would be laughable. This brilliant politically-charged film that just made its North American premiere at TIFF asks what would the world be like if women were in charge?
CURTAIN (Texas Premiere) USA, 73 minutes
Director: Jaron Henrie-McCrea
Writers: Carys Edwards, Jaron Henrie-McCrea
Synopsis: Danni leaves nursing for a simpler life. But when her shower curtain keeps disappearing through a mysterious portal in her bathroom, she cannot let the investigation go. Enlisting the help of her save-the-whales co-worker, she dives into the unknown in an unsettling horror comedy that will flush the SciFi fan out with equal part laughter and screams.
OTHER HALVES (Texas Premiere) USA, 87 minutes
Director: Matthew T. Price
Writers: Kelly Morr, Matthew T. Price
Synopsis: On the night before its launch, a revolutionary dating app may have a few glitches, namely causing the user to lose all self-control and become an amoral, lascivious, violent follower of their most immediate urges. The logical end product to society’s will to leave more and more decisions to technology, and to predictive logarithms that know us better than we know ourselves, OTHER HALVES would like to introduce you to the future of finding yourself. Hope you like what you see!
PROJET-M [Project M] (Austin Premiere) Canada, 98 minutes
Director: Eric Piccoli
Writers: Julien Deschamps Jolin, Eric Piccoli, Mario J. Ramos
Synopsis: Orbiting the Earth aboard a space station for 1,000 days to prepare for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, four astronauts face unforeseen crises when a war breaks out on Earth below. Arguing whether to break off their mission, or what to do about the loss of communication from headquarters, or what to do about the other satellites orbiting the Earth, the team finds themselves more alone than they could have prepared for.
These four films join seven previously announced features and three shorts programs:
Vintage Tomorrows (US) Dir. Byrd McDonald [Documentary] Texas Premiere
T.I.M. The Incredible Machine (Netherlands) Dir. Rolf van Eijk [SciFi Family Film] Texas Premiere
Reconnoiter (UK) Dir. Neil Rowe [SciFi] Texas Premiere
Polder (Switzerland) Dir. Samuel Schwarz, Julian M. Grünthal [SciFi] Texas Premiere
Night of the Living Deb (US) Dir. Kyle Rankin [SciFi Comedy] Texas Premiere
Jackrabbit (US) Dir. Carleton Ranney [SciFi] Austin Premiere
House of Time (France) Dir. Jonathan Helpert [SciFi] Us Premiere
About Other Worlds Austin
Other Worlds Austin is dedicated to bringing the best of SciFi to Austin, Texas. The festival programming team looks past budgets or the Hollywood push to find great stories and give them an Austin premiere. In addition to its year ‘round programming, the 2nd Annual Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival takes place December 3-5, 2015 at the Galaxy Highland 10. For more information, go to OtherWorldsAustin.com
Contact: Don Elfant