Other Worlds Austin proudly announces the Opening Night Film for our inaugural festival, the Texas premiere of The Well. Directed by Tom Hammock and written by Hammock and Jacob Forman, The Well is an action-filled post-apocalyptic tale about a seventeen-year-old girl, Kendal, who is the only one brave enough to take on a water baron and his personal army. A decade since the last rainfall, the Oregon Valley has become a desolate wasteland under the control of Carson and his band of thieves and murderers. Kendal has been planning an escape for months, but with her boyfriend Dean unable to leave, she must fight for their lives and the last bit of water in the valley.
“I had the opportunity to review The Well when it premiered and knew I wanted to see it play in Austin,” says founder and Director of Programming Bears Fonté, “not only does the film offer exciting fight sequences in a classic SciFi setting, but it boasts an awesome, powerful female lead who faces off against some pretty memorable villains, including Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Gries, who really excels at playing evil, and his character’s daughter, who is just as brutal as the heroine.” The Well combines old-school in-camera fight sequences with heart-felt performances to make a classic post-apocalyptic action-filled SciFi flick. Hammock and Forman are almost honorary Texans, as part of the team that brought us the Bastrop-filmed All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. “Mandy Lane is probably my favorite horror film ever shot in Texas (sorry Leatherface),” says Fonté, who points out that The Well has more than one local connection, producer and Austin native Seth Caplan (In Search of a Midnight Kiss, Flatland). “I was really excited to program the world premiere of Seth Caplan’s Flatland 2: Sphereland at Austin Film Festival in 2012 so it’s great to continue to support his work.” Caplan currently has several films making their way around the festival circuit and the upcoming Meet Me in Montenegro (with Midnight Kiss writer/director Alex Holdridge). "I'm honored to show the post-apocalyptic world of The Well at OTHER WORLDS Austin,” says Caplan, “It's always a thrill to bring my films home to the ATX!"
The Well world premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where LA WEEKLY said: “Apocalyptic nightmare The Well doesn’t need a gimmick - It’s as brutal and beautiful as genre flicks get...” The film won Best Screenplay and Best Actress at Las Vegas Film Festival and has also played/will play prior to screening at Other Worlds Austin Vancouver International Film Festival, Grimmfest (Manchester, UK), Chicago International Film Festival, Fantasporto (Portugal) and Black Bear Film Festival (Pennsylvania). This is Tom Hammock’s first feature as a director but he does have 25+ credits as production designer including The Guest, You’re Next, The Last Exorcism, and segments of V/H/S/2. Hammock and Forman were two of the three people on All The Boys Loves Mandy Lane from its initial development in 2003. In addition to Jon Gries, the film stars newcomer Haley Lu Richardson as Kendal and Booboo Stewart (Twilight, X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Dean.
The Well will open OWA on Thursday, December 4th, one of seven features over the course of ten screenings. Wristbands are on sale for guaranteed seats to all ten screenings for just $45. The full program will be announced in the upcoming weeks. “I think OWA audiences will eat up this film, and cheer on Kendal’s ass-kicking,” says Fonté. You can check out a teaser scene from the film here: