Announcing: Opening Night Film and First Wave for 4th Annual SciFi Fest

Austin, TX -- Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival has announced its first wave of programming for Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival (Dec 7-10) at Flix Brewhouse. The 2017 slate includes the Opening Night Film and Texas premiere of BEYOND SKYLINE, a concurrent sequel to the alien invasion thriller SKYLINE (2010). Writer/Director Liam O’Donnell will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the screening.

“I am excited to open the 2017 festival with Liam O’Donnell’s exhilarating ‘us vs. them’ alien invasion flick,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director. “BEYOND SKYLINE is the latest installment from a great franchise, but brilliantly one that doesn’t require the first film to understand. The production design in this film is breathtaking, and the fight sequences are f-ing awesome. It’s going to be the perfect film to kick the festival into overdrive on December 8th.”

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"I've been excited about BEYOND SKYLINE since they announced the casting of Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian,” adds Dan Repp, OWA Senior Programmer and Event Director. “They redefined the martial arts genre for me with THE RAID in 2011. THE RAID lead actors versus aliens! Boom. Sold. Now that I've seen it, I can assure you that they don't disappoint."

The 2017 first wave also includes the World Premiere of the documentary CLOSER THAN WE THINK, the North American Premiere of MINDHACK from producer and OWA alumni Roxy Shih (THE TRIBE), the US Premiere of DEFECTIVE, and the Texas premiere of the Under Worlds Austin feature GNAW, co-written by Mary Shelley Award nominee Kathryn Gould.

Other Worlds has previously announced that the festival will launch (Thursday, December 7) with the retro screening of EVENT HORIZON, with screenwriter Philip Eisner in attendance and doing a Q&A after the film.

In its fourth year, Other Worlds Austin has established itself as the premier SciFi festival in the country. In addition to over a dozen features, Other Worlds Austin will present shorts programs covering all varieties of SciFi: thrillers, action, supernatural, and horror.

Badges for the festival start at $60 and can be purchased at OtherWorldsAustin.com.

 

Interviews and screeners available upon request.

 

FIRST WAVE OF FILMS

OPENING NIGHT FILM

BEYOND SKYLINE (Texas Premiere) Dir. Liam O’Donnell

Set simultaneously with the previous Skyline film but in a different location during the worldwide alien invasion, Mark, a tough-as-nails detective, embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son, Trent, from a nightmarish alien warship.

Starring:

Frank Grillo (WARRIOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER)

Bojana Novakovic (DEVIL, DRAG ME TO HELL)

Iko Uwais (THE RAID, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS)

Callan Mulvey (BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, ZERO DARK THIRTY)

Yayan Ruhian (THE RAID: REDEMTION, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS)

Betty Gabriel (THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, GET OUT)

Antonio Fargas (STARSKY AND HUTCH, I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA)

 

CLOSER THAN WE THINK (World Premiere) Dir. Brett Ryan Bonowicz 

A documentary about the golden age of post-WW2 futurism explored through the life of Arthur Radebaugh---the visionary behind the Sunday comic strip “Closer Than We Think.”

 

DEFECTIVE (US Premiere) Dir. Reese Eveneshen

In the near future, Rhett Murphy and his estranged sister Jean are forced to flee from a militant police state after witnessing the dark secrets of a nefarious corporation.

Starring:

Ashley Armstrong

Colin Paradine (GUMSHOES, DEAD GENESIS)

Dennis Andres (2ND GENERATION)

Jamie Elizabeth Sampson (PETROL, LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE)

Raven Cousens (DEAD RUSH, LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE)

 

GNAW (Texas Premiere) Dir. Haylar Garcia 

Jennifer Conrad is a small-town girl starting over in the big city. Fleeing an abusive relationship, all she wants is a chance to begin again. But it is hard to start over when something is eating you while you sleep . . . one painful bite at a time.

 

Starring:

Penelope Mitchell (VAMPIRE DIARIES, HEMLOCK GROVE)

Kyle Gass (TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY)

Chris Johnson (47 METERS DOWN)

Sally Kirkland (ANNA, THE HAUNTED)

 

MINDHACK (North American Premiere) Dir. Royce Gorsuch

A young mad genius attempts to ‘hack the human mind’ in order to fix humanity.

Staring:

Chris Mason (LEGEND)

Spencer Locke (RESIDENT EVIL)

Faran Tahir (IRON MAN, STAR TREK)

Scott Mechlowicz (MEAN CREEK, EURO TRIP)

 

 

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About Other Worlds Austin

Other Worlds Austin is one of the premiere SciFi film festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the ‘Geek Capital of the World.’

With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.

 

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About Flix Brewhouse

In addition to its flagship location in Round Rock, TX, Flix Brewhouse operates in Des Moines, Iowa and Carmel, Indiana, with more locations coming. The Flix Mix lobby bar and cafe is open seven days a week to the public, no ticket required, so you can come in and grab a bite to eat or have a locally brewed beer anytime!

 

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