We know it has been a few weeks since you heard from us, but it’s only been because we’ve been so busy, and have a great deal of news to report. The response to the inaugural Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival has been so great that wristbands to Austin’s first festival dedicated to science fiction filmmaking actually sold out five weeks before opening night. But don’t worry if you haven’t bought your wristband yet. In response, we took on another theater, opening up additional wristbands for sale. In addition, this will allow us to add four more feature films (and a few shorts). Wristband holders still have a guaranteed seat for each of the ten screenings, but for four of the screenings, they will now have their choice between two different features. Wristbands are still only $45 and available here: http://www.otherworldsaustin.com/wristbands.
Films added to the lineup include to the US and International Premiere of CAPSULE, a Dutch drama about the selection process for a safe harbor buried deep below the Earth in the onset of harmful radiation on the surface. Written and directed by Djie Han Thung, Capsule presents a very real story that is much closer to science than science fiction, and which has yet to be shown outside of the Netherlands.
On the other side of the spectrum is the Texas Premiere of SPACE MILKSHAKE, a rowdy comedy about four barely capable astronauts stranded on a sanitation space station who are terrorized by a creature from another dimension in the form of a rubber duck. The film stars Billy Boyd (Pippin in Lord of the Rings), Robin Dunne (Sanctuary, Defiance and a number of direct-to-video sequels), Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, CW’s Beauty and the Beast) and Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1) as well as Star Trek’s George Takei as the voice of the rubber duck.
Also making its Texas Premiere is THE PHOENIX PROJECT, an ensemble drama about a team of four scientists who wall themselves up in a house to invent a process to raise the dead. More about the moral quandaries of research and grants and the secrets the team keeps from each other than the actual technology, the film looks at just what people are willing to sacrifice to take the next step.