As part of its year ‘round screening series, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is proud to present the Texas premiere of THE ANSWER on May 19 (9:00pm) at Flix Brewhouse. Writer/Director Iqbal Ahmed will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the screening.
Winner of “Best Sci-Fi Feature” at Shriekfest (Los Angeles) and the Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival, THE ANSWER is a SciFi thriller about an introverted young man, Bridd, who after being attacked must follow clues left by his dead parents in order to figure out who is after him – and who he really is.
“THE ANSWER is a perfect start to our year ‘round series,” says Dan Repp, Senior Programmer and Event Coordinator. “It's fast paced action and suspense keeps the heart racing while it's well-developed character and themes dealing with identity challenge the mind.”
“I’ve always loved genre movies,” says Writer/Director Iqbal Ahmed in an interview with Latino Review Media. “Genre films start with these impossible ideas and find a way for me to believe their stories. Coupled with my love of genre films, especially sci-fi, is the fact that I also really love identity movies. I think that identity and figuring out who you are is a universal concept. At some point, all of us spent time trying to find out exactly who we were and where we fit in the world. It’s all part of growing up. Whether that exploration happens during your childhood, adolescence, young adulthood or even adulthood—there’s always that relevance to identity that we share. I wanted to tie a genre film into something that I thought dramatically and emotionally we could all relate to.”
Bridd is presented as the ultimate invisible guy. His life is as ordinary as it gets but there are hints that he has extraordinary abilities. “In creating any kind of a story,” Ahmed explains, “I think that contrast is really useful and informative. I really wanted to create a character who we all could relate to. Normal people can watch and say, ‘Wow, this guy has a pretty anonymous life.’ There’s one thing to live a normal life that is what we all do with our day-to-day. Then there’s another thing to see someone who is living a normal life that they’ve constructed so carefully—that it’s boring on purpose. I just wanted to build in a little bit of that mystery that tied into the character. This guy really has no friends. He works a job where nobody really notices his face. What’s going on here? Then we start to unravel that in real life. It’s really somebody who is hiding in plain sight. He’s somebody who wants to stay below the radar. I wanted to start in that kind of place, because who could hear worse news about himself in terms of being special than a guy who truly doesn’t want to be special.”
AUSTIN HEBERT -- BRIDD COLE
Austin hails from Texas where he received his B.F.A. at Southern Methodist University. His guest star credits include LONGMIRE, TRUE BLOOD, and CBS's VEGAS. Active in theater, he has performed in numerous plays at the Odyssey Theatre including his latest this past summer, THE IRISH CURSE. When not acting, Austin enjoys riding horses as well as playing in his country band, Austin and the Broken Strings.
ALEXIS CARRA -- CHARLOTTE PARKER
Alexis Carra, a Florida native, graduated Cum Laude from Yale University. She has appeared on Broadway in shows such as WICKED, FOSSE, SWEET CHARITY, and FAME. Her TV credits include GREY'S ANATOMY, CASTLE, HAWTHORNE, and HAPPY ENDINGS. This is Alexis' second feature.
DAVID S. LEE -- THE LEADER
David's work on U.S. soil was jump started with notable guest appearances in NCIS, CHUCK, THE DEFENDERS, LOST, CSI:Miami, LAS VEGAS, and LEVERAGE. Some of his notable film work has been in GET SMART and BLOOD DIAMOND. After creating the recurring role as a sinister and charming villain in season 2 of NIKITA, David can be also be seen in other comedic roles such as a recurring guest in BABY DADDY, KICKIN' IT, as well first season of NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING.
ADAM SHAPIRO -- TRENT
Adam plays Evan on NBC's new comedy 1600 PENN. He was most recently seen in the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Destin Cretton's feature I AM NOT A HIPSTER. His next projects include David Chase's NOT FADE AWAY and Louis Letterier's NOW YOU SEE ME. Other film credits include: A SINGLE MAN, THE HOUSE BUNNY, SCANDAL, GREY'S ANATOMY, THE CLOSER, MEDIUM, GILMORE GIRLS, and JAKE IN PROGRESS.
MARK DEKLIN -- BRIDD'S FATHER
On television, Mark is best known for his portrayals of Tram Thatcher on LONESTAR, Blake Reilly on GCB, Dr. Matthew Shaw on JUSTICE, Sam Clemens in RIVERWORLD and, most recently, Nicholas Deering on DEVIOUS MAIDS. His film credits have included TARZAN, MINI'S FIRST TIME, PHANTOM BELOW, THE WISH LIST, OUT OF BODY, BLACKPOOL, NEVER SAY MACBETH, WETTING THE ASHES, ONLY SLIGHTLY and A LITTLE CLOUD.
Iqbal graduated from Stanford University with degrees in biology and creative writing. After working in medicine, finance, and music, Iqbal completed his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. THE ANSWER is Iqbal’s feature film directorial debut.
In addition to directing a number of award-winning short films, music videos, and commercials, Iqbal has worked as a screenwriter developing feature projects for Disney, Sony, and Fox among others. He plans to direct STEM, a feature-length horror/thriller in 2016.