December 2, 2014

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Short Focus
The festival is just a few days away, and we’re all excited for you to see the films at the inaugural Other Worlds Austin.  Programming a festival, you get to see so many amazing movies, and you want to tell everyone about it.  It seems like lots of people are talking about the features, so we wanted to make you didn’t miss a few of our favorite shorts playing the fest!

Jordan Brown, 
Programmer and Director of Submissions

SLUMPTOWN  Do as I say, not as I do.  Dave learns the hard way when his robot apprentice, Al, surpasses him in ways he doesn’t expect.  In explaining to logical-minded Al what is expected in human interaction, Dave must also acknowledge the fact that humans don’t always say or do what they really should.  How do you explain this to a robot when you can’t even answer the question for yourself?  This short effectively and painfully explores what would happen if we could only stop our damn human hang-ups from getting in the way of our relationships.  Check it out on Thursday, December 4th in Shorts Program 1: Dystopian Visions. 

LIFI  The age-old question of the sci-fi genre: just because you are able to do something, should you?  Scientific advancement is a lonely and divisive frontier.  You get a sense of where this story is heading before it gets there, but the decision the protagonists face is no less devastating.  Ethics debates abound in this 20-minute short, and it’s sure to invite plenty of arguments (or, you know, rational discussion).  Not to mention, it has probably my favorite ending of all the shorts screening this year.  See it for yourself in Shorts Program 3: On To Tomorrow, playing Saturday, December 6th.

Bears Fonte, 
Founder and Director of Programming

EARTHLICKERS  SciFi is not afraid to get a little campy, and this flick is fab, flirty, and fleshy fun.  It’s an Ed Wood – Barbarella mashup that follows the invasion of Earth by the seven sexy Goddesses of Merkabatron, bringing their message of love to a post-apocalyptic world.  The film has amazing production design, considering it was shot and edited in 8 days and is possibly the sleaziest thing we are playing... which is my way of saying it can’t be missed.  See it before Space Milkshake Friday, December 6th.
THE TRAIL’S END  Talk about high production value!  I really hope this ten minute short ends up being the opening scene in a potential feature because it sets up a really interesting premise, a sort of Blade Runner from the android’s perspective (unless you believe that’s called Blade Runner).  I can’t wait to see the crime spree that follows. The CG on this is phenomenal for a short, and the actors are fantastic, with a very nuanced performance from our robot ‘Clyde’ and his ‘Bonnie’ girl next door.   

Courtney Hazlett, 
Programmer and Hospitality Director

ROOMMATES  Fast-paced and action-packed, this short presents the relationship between two roommates when it comes to the last sweet treat in the house. Roommates appropriately merges comedic elements with over-the-top battle scenes as we see these two men epically fight over this pastry. Everything about this film works wonderfully together from the music to the effects. The only question is: who will end up with the donut?  Check it out Friday December 5th before Bloody Knuckles.

MARTIAN AMERICAN  If there is one film at this year's festival to truly tug at your heartstrings, Martian American would fit the bill hands down. Dressed as a stereotypical tourist, a Martian travels to Los Angeles to become an American. He desires to start a new life yet he faces many struggles along his journey from culture shock to insecurity. Overall, this film is delightfully unique and wonderfully told.  See it December 5th in Shorts Program 2 – Passage to the Unknown.

Photos from Other Worlds
Commemorate your Other Worlds Austin experience at the OWA SciFi photo booth! Have your picture taken in front of a wide selection of SciFi backgrounds. Holland Photo Imaging will be on site with all the technology to make this happen. Digital photos are free! Prints and other products are available to order.

Upload your memories of Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival. Let your peeps on Instagram see how geeky cool you are. Show your friends on Facebook how much fun they’re missing. Tell your followers on Twitter that you are in another world!
You can choose from ten different backgrounds, which include: Enormous spaceship interiors, future cityscapes, giant mutant bees, spaceports, flying pyramids, and, of course, Other Worlds.

And if you post your photo and tag it with #OWA2014 you will be instantly entered into a contest win a wristband for next year!  The winner will be randomly chosen after the festival.

Holland Photo Imaging has been an Austin institution for thirty years. And they take orders from all over the world. Holland is a full service commercial photo lab that provides quality processing and printing from both traditional and digital images. They offer professional film products from Kodak, Ilford, and FujiFilm at their retail counter or by mail order.  Holland can restore old photos and print new ones on just about anything. Check them out at
Cthulhu dives down The Well
It was threatened, but Cthulhu finally came out of the murky depths to chime in our our program this year, interviewing Tom Hammock and Jacob Forman, the co-writers of our opening night film, The Well.  Read at your own peril.

CTHULHU: I enjoyed the character of Carson in your film, the honorable water provider of the realm.  He seemed to inspire great loyalty in his followers.  How does one approach crafting such an inspiring role and performance?

HAMMOCK AND FORMAN: You always want to ask yourself: What is this film really about? The answer, of course, is water. Drawing on our love of Ozu's TOKYO STORY and Wong Kar Wai's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, we employed a similar directing technique: we provided Carson (Jon Gries, a living saint) and his crew with all the cold, tasty water they could ever desire, and we forbade Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson, she loves water!) from drinking any water at all on set. When she begged for a thimble of water, we gave her Saltines and peanut butter. Carson's frequent bathroom breaks may have slowed production a little, but I think it's worth it when you see his performance! The Criterion Collection edition of TOKYO STORY has a great bonus documentary on this technique.

CTHULHU: I enjoy it when films include scenes of people dying and suffering, especially torture of any kind.  Can you talk a bit about misery in the world of The Well?

HAMMOCK AND FORMANSure... Shooting this film on the rough & tumble streets of Beverly Hills 
and Santa Monica helped: we really wanted the cast and crew to feel theat dangerous thrill -- that "walk along the razor's edge" if you will. We rehearsed much of the film at the Grove Shopping Center in West Hollywood -- that's like our Barton Creek Square --, where the holiday music and the spectacular, highly water-consumptive fountain just brought those ideas of suffering right into the foreground. That helped everyone understand that the misery in the world of THE WELL isn't all that different from the misery that each and every one of us might bring to our daily lives on a daily basis. I wish there was a "Misery & Suffering For Dummies" that we could have referred to. Maybe, if we've done our job, this film will help others find their own little tortures, you know? Really, it's a matter of reaching deep inside yourself and yanking out a little something that hurts.

Read the Rest of the Interview →

Also on
IT HURTS SO GOOD: Even Bad SciFi is Sometimes Great
An Appreciation of GHOSTBUSTERS, Defense of GHOSTBUSTERS II, and a Plea Against GHOSTBUSTERS III
On BARBARELLA and Doing It the Old-Fashioned Way
Blog by DAN REPP — "I love watching a film that has something in it that I have never seen before. Even if the idea is not executed to its full potential, I still respect it. Sometimes, the batsh*t craziness of an idea can make a bad film enjoyable."
Blog by REID LANSFORD — "It’s not just the nostalgia for the theme song, the toys, or the Saturday cartoon. It’s because GHOSTBUSTERS is a truly great film. Sure, it didn’t win any Oscars, but if give me a choice between re-watching it or say, AMADEUS, no contest."
Blog by JORDAN BROWN — "Barbarella is nothing if not open-minded about these things, and hey, if her rescuer requests sex as a reward, who is she to deny him?"
Inaugural OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN SciFi Film Festival
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