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Indie SF Film Roundup 2009

I'm so excited to see the Indie/DIY industry blooming. Not only is it rising with the advent of indie authors in publishing but the long standing tradition of film is on the rise as well. Filmmakers are making works outside of the system as they explore different avenues of storytelling in the new media. The awesome thing is how open the internet is for this communication. Much of it wouldn't have been available years ago but now bloggers, fans, readers, filmgoers and entertainment lovers can follow a film through it's production, learn about new films that Hollywood wouldn't bother to push and also help revive their favorite old series (Starhunter come back!)

I thought I'd make this post is for all you SF fans looking for something a little different, a little original and a little out of the ordinary. This is also for me to keep up because my sticky is running out of room for all the movies I want to catch. I'm really excited about this because I've loved the magic of movies since I was a little girl. And I have to admit, the magic sorta died out with all the humdrum films coming out in recent times. If it isn't a knock off sequel, it's a low grade high budget remake that seems to forget who it's audience is while they grasp for a new audience. All the while, high budgets, high budget marketing and hype sacrifice for the fun and entertaining movie experience. It seems like studios are scared to risk a movie rising or falling on its own merits. Part of it is due to a struggling industry (even DVD sales are down) but most of it is the loss of many creative types that kept Hollywood going in its prime.

Lately I've been more than tired of all the remakes and if it wasn't for the Io9.com blog site, I'd never know about half these little productions coming out either this year or next.

Some are online web series and others are films. All look pretty good and I'd be interested to check em out.

Here's a little heads up post to all you folks out there looking for some good upcoming good old fashioned Sci-Fi:

Upcoming/In Production

Title: Offline

What's it about?

"The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating."

In this future, the world is dying a slow and ugly death. In an effort to cope or perhaps out of pure denial, humanity has become increasingly obsessed with mass media.

The Internet has evolved into an all-consuming visceral experience where every one's perception of the world around them is fully customized. The brown smog in the sky can be easily ignored when a beautiful sunset is projected through your optic nerve, courtesy of the Naneuron Corporation.

But like all systems there are glitches. Someone or something is disrupting the feed; a Ghost in the machine. A group of extremists have risen up, led by young man named Maro. Defiant and charismatic, he has seemingly endless promise until he unexpectedly surrenders.

All enemies of the state are processed for reprogramming. Those like Maro who are physically and mentally gifted enough are transformed into counter-terrorism soldiers. His memories are erased. His body is enhanced. His humanity is destroyed. Maro has become the perfect weapon.

Until he begins communicating with the glitches, hearing whispers that lead him on a journey through the depths of his own subconscious. Trapped in the midst of a hellish nightmare, he must find a way to regain his identity and take down the system once and for all. But at what price comes freedom?

WHEN A MAN'S MIND BECOMES ONE WITH A MACHINE... WHAT HAPPENS TO HIS SOUL?


What's the charm? It's a visual trip even Philip K. Dick can love. The premise is enticing and has the edge of SF cyberpunk noir that I love so much. Although the trailer moves kinda schizo demo reel-like, I'm enticed to see and know more. Perhaps this is to get investors interested and the trailer to sell the film will take it's time allowing us to enjoy the visuals and the potential story that unravels. I'm looking forward to this one!

When's it coming out? Currently in pre-production as the creators raise interest and money for the film. More info is at Io9.com's
Travel Inside The Horrifying Mind Of A Cyborg Killer, In "Offline"









Title: Captain Future

What's it about? From the director of the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TV SHOW, comes this new breathtaking project called CAPTAIN FUTURE, inspired by the SCI-FI Classic created by Edmund Hamilton and the Japanese Anime from the 70's.

Captain Future is Curtis Newton, a brilliant scientist and adventurer who roams the solar system solving problems, righting wrongs, and vanquishing futuristic supervillains.


What's the charm? This looks to be a low budget web series with a pretty cool story. Something I'd like to keep an eye on.

When's it coming out? December 2009 (tentative)







Title: Mercury Men



What's it about? Edward Borman, a lowly government office drone, finds himself trapped, when the deadly Mercury Men seize his office building as a staging ground for their nefarious plot. Aided by a daring aerospace engineer from a mysterious organization known as “The League,” Edward must stop the invaders and their doomsday device, the Gravity Engine.

What's the charm? Old SF serials like Flash Gordon & Buck Rogers. Another cool looking web series I'm dying to check out.

When's it coming out? Not sure yet but will keep you guys posted!







Great post on TMM Blog about the gap lessening between the creator and the audience.



Title: In-World War

What's it about? In-World War, a smart and quirky indie sci-fi feature, tells the futuristic story of a debt-ridden and depressed beta tester trapped in a buggy virtual reality simulation of the "war on terror".

What's the charm? The creator is chronicling this DIY film from the ground up as he writes the screenplay, searches for music gigs, casts and crew. Makes me wish I was still in the Bay Area! Erin Grey of Silver Spoons and Buck Rogers fame just joined the cast. The story sounds pretty wild and I'm always a sucker for futuristic dystopia and commentary on humanity via speculative means. I'm so there!

When's it coming out? TBA


Website: http://www.inworldwar.com
SF09 Newspaper Spotlight: "Brant Smith's Real, Not Virutal, Directorial Debut"

IO9.com's Spotlight on In-World War "Indie Science Fiction Film Tackles Virtual Reality And The War On Terror"




Title: Moon



What's it about? Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

What's the charm? With a look that reminds me of Kubrick/Clarke's 2001 combined with a mysterious trailer and the amazing Sam Rockwell, whom I've loved since his stint in Galaxy Quest (one of my faves), this debut from David Bowie's son Duncan Jones looks to be a good one. Plus Kevin Spacey plays a Hal-like robot. ;-)

When's it coming out? June 12th in select theaters. Release dates for more locations is available on the website. Word on the street is director Duncan Jones has plans for a Blade Runner mood type of movie. Oh, to dream. :-)


Title: District 9



What's it about? An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.

What's the charm? Again I'm thanking Io9.com for this one because I had never heard of it until I saw the first trailer there. The interrogation scene was chilling and I thought it'd be an alien invasion movie with some freaky looking aliens filmed in a documentary style. It was a clever trailer which looks like it's real time about immigrants being treated unfairly. Until we get to the final flash card that reveals these are aliens not humans. Soon the second version of the trailer was revealed and a whole new twist was thrown into the mix that made this movie even more interesting. I can't wait until this is released.

When's it coming out? August 14th 2009







Some Not-So-Indie movies I'm looking forward to very much. ;-)





Just Released

Title: Alien Trespass




What's it about? Set in 1957, ALIEN TRESPASS chronicles a fiery object from space that crashes into a mountaintop in the California desert, bringing the threat of disaster to Earth. Out of the flying saucer escapes a murderous creature - the Ghota, which is bent on destroying all life forms on the planet. A benevolent alien from the spaceship, Urp, inhabits the body of Ted Lewis - a local astronomer - and with the help of Tammy, a waitress from the local diner, sets out to save mankind.

What's the charm? A parody throwback to 1950s sci-fi is always a plus in my book! Plus, Erick McCormack bringing on the scientist goodness is a can't be missed!

When's it coming out? Technically it's already out. According to the IMDB release page, January and April were the only dates this was made available via a film festival and a limited release, respectively. I'm really hoping this makes it to DVD because it looks like great fun.










Comments

SciFiGuy said…
Some very interesting goodies there Rae. The one I anticipate the most is Avatar from James Cameron. SciFi.com has a vid of him at an E3 press conference talking about the game, but by talking about that he revealed quite a bit about the movie. Anything by Cameron rocks!
Rae Lori said…
Thanks Doug!

I so agree! Cameron definitely knows how to deliver. I'll have to hunt down that clip. The little leaks at a time are killing me! Lol.

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