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As part of its Orbiter Year-Round Series, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is proud to present the Texas premiere of the SciFi/Horror thriller ISLAND ZERO on Wednesday, September 20 (7:30pm) at Flix Brewhouse. Director Josh Gerritsen will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the screening.
Written by Tess Gerritsen (RIZOLLI & ISLES), ISLAND ZERO follows in the tradition of classic monster films such as THEM and THE THING—movies that inspired her when she watched them as a child.
"Watching Island Zero for the first time took me back to the gritty/bloody SciFi Horror films of the late 70's and early 80's,” recalls Dan Repp, OWA Senior Programmer and Event Director. “It does a great job balancing exposition and character development while still building tension. I love the comparison between the actual monsters and the monsters that people turn into when survival mode kicks in."
A fishing community on a remote Maine island finds itself suddenly cut off from the rest of the world after the ferry stops coming. When people start to vanish, the terrified survivors realize that someone - or something - is hunting them.
“ISLAND ZERO without a doubt makes use of horror and suspense without pushing too hard in order to force anything too quickly or cheaply. What we are given is something unique, nearly reminiscent in pace and mood to a strong Stephen King novel. With plenty of intense situations, a blood inducing action, ISLAND ZERO stands out and rises above mere genre convention. As a plus, the strong cast, grounded writing and a piercing score contribute mightily in boosting the thrills and chills.” - mxdwn.com
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
The son of a Dutch physician and a Chinese-American novelist, Josh Gerritsen was born on the island of Oahu and lived there until the age of six. His parents thought it was best to move the family from paradise to another coastal town, albeit a much colder one. They landed in Camden, Maine and he spent the rest of his childhood there.
Josh has been shooting freelance assignments for a variety of clients since 2004. He has recently added aerial photography to his list of services. He currently lives in Lincolnville, Maine.
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Tess Gerritsen is an American novelist and retired physician. In 2001, Gerritsen's first crime thriller, THE SURGEON, was published and introduced homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. Although a secondary character in THE SURGEON, Rizzoli has been a central focus of ten subsequent novels, pairing her with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The books inspired the RIZZOLI & ISLES television series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
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