"The Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival closed out its inaugural event with the world premiere of Apt 3D, a psychological thriller set in New York in the dead of winter. Newly transplanted couple Erin (Maxxe Sternbaum) and Ben (Zack Imbrogno) struggle with new confining environs, unsure of what is imaginary and what may be real -- and whether their neighbors are the source of the enigma."
Last weekend's Other Worlds Austin has returned to its home planet, but the inaugural year of the city's first dedicated science fiction film festival leaves the winners of its awards, the Cthulhies, behind on Earth.
The big winner in the features category was cause-and-effect crime thriller Time Lapse. Written and directed by Bradley King, it received its Texas premiere as the festival's centerpiece film, and went on to take best feature, best script, best actress for Danielle Panabaker, and best score. Here's the full list of winners: "
This weekend at the Other Worlds Austin Sci-fi Film Festival director Zack Imbrogno and actress Maxxe Sternbaum debuted their low-budget feature APT 3D to much success.
After their premiere, we interviewed Imbrogno and Sternbaum about the difficulties they ran into making the project and a little about their IndieGoGo campaign, which is going on until December 19.
The Other Worlds Austin science-fiction film festival blasted off to a great start last Thursday, with a pre-apocalyptic happy hour at The Tigress cocktail bar where several of us tried the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. I really appreciated that social events were scheduled around the screenings. Saturday morning's "2014: A Brunch Odyssey" was held at The Goodnight, and provided a great opportunity to network with other attendees including filmmakers.
“I’m much more interested in what people can do with nothing than with a hundred-million dollars.” These are the words of Zack Imbrogno, co-director of the ultra low-budget sci-fi film “Apt 3D.” The film, shot in three weeks with only three principal actors in one location follows in the tradition of the low/no-budget sci-fi/horror genre. It premiered at the Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi FilmFestival this past weekend.
Meet APT 3D’s Zack and Maxxe
Barbara Kennedy December 8, 2014 0 Comments
Zack Imbrogno and Maxxe Sternbaum
This weekend Other Worlds Austin introduced the Central Texas city to its first science fiction film festival offering an impressive array of talent and films. In town with low budget film “APT 3D” are stars Maxxe Sternbaum and Zack Imbrogno, who also wrote and co-directed. You should know that the title may be a tad misleading, as the 3D elicits thoughts of 3-dimensional depth. What was the significance of the apartment’s number? It’s probably not what you’d expect.
In APT 3D, the sci-fi elements are the strange lights in the sky, the surveillance by the government, the strange figureless entities that impregnate Erin. All of this is cool, and sure, it’s interesting. But, like Inception, what’s even more fascinating is what those elements represent—what they defamiliarize. And, in APT 3D’s case, it’s defamiliarizing the things that drive couples apart, and how much work it takes to remain together.
We have an exclusive clip from APT. 3D, which will have its world premiere this weekend at the Other Worlds Austin film festival this weekend.
APT. 3D comes from co-directors Horst Dieter Baum and Zack Imrogno (who also wrote and co-stars in the film).
The winter holidays can, indeed, be out of this world. And a group of local filmmakers and science-fiction enthusiasts are pushing those boundaries with the launch of Austin's first dedicated science-fiction film festival, Other Worlds Austin, from Dec. 4-6 at Galaxy Highland 10 (6700 Middle Fiskville).