Debbie Cerda

Ground Control to Major Tom

Ground Control to Major Tom

As astutely put by writer Kirsty Diana Smith, “although David Bowie could die a mortal death, he will never truly cease to exist.” I certainly agree that he’ll always be somewhere in the universe, just as he created timeless characters that exist beyond the stars.

How I Learned to Stop the Hate, and Love STAR WARS Fan Films

How I Learned to Stop the Hate, and Love STAR WARS Fan Films

STAR WARS was a sacred cinematic experience from my childhood as I shared in this earlier blog post. How dare someone attempt to recreate or reimagine the epic? Oh, the sacrilegious injustice! I could only imagine the desecration of no to low-budget cinematography, editing, and special effects to the STAR WARS canon. 

Boy, was I proven wrong.

I'm Your Ice Cream Man in DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS

I'm Your Ice Cream Man in DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS

I wasn't exactly supposed to be watching such a scary movie, as I was still a bit young. But my mom and aunts were busy talking in the other room, so I watched from across the room as I played games with my cousins. The score built up the fear, while the sound that the Triffids made when they were on the move gave me goosebumps. 

Science Fiction to Fact: NASA's Juno Spacecraft enters Jupiter Orbit

Science Fiction to Fact: NASA's Juno Spacecraft enters Jupiter Orbit

The largest planet of our solar system Jupiter has long been shrouded in mystery, with fictional stories surrounding the gas giant and its turbulence and storms along its bands. The existence of the Great Red Spot has been known of since the 17th century, and Galileo spied upon its moons in 1610.

...and Michael Stipe feels fine

...and Michael Stipe feels fine

Worry not our fellow humans, the Other Worlds Austin team is on the case and we have already captured the usual suspects. Cthulhu, an out of control AI, and many others are currently being interrogated. We will post the interrogation logs to our blog in the hope that you can help us figure out who plans on ending humanity on the same night as the Other Worlds Austin 9 pm screening of PRISONER X at Flix Brewhouse.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the NEW HOPE for future generations

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the NEW HOPE for future generations

Much like the original film that inspired its saga, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is not merely entertainment for the masses. This film exemplifies the power of storytelling through film, making a profound effect on its viewers for a lifetime.

One Month Later: Revisiting Midnight Special

One Month Later: Revisiting Midnight Special

Did you love MIDNIGHT SPECIAL? Were you disappointed? Has it grown on you after the fact?
Whatever your thoughts, read on for Programmer/Hospitality Director Debbie's SXSW review, then share your thoughts below!

Science Fiction Meets Fact at SXSW

Science Fiction Meets Fact at SXSW

Robots and artificial intelligence, a human mission to Mars, self-driving and driving cars, brain-controlled robot arms, programmable microbes, neurotech, tricorders, human-machine interfaces, and the Hyperloop – these are all things that within most of our lifetimes were part of science fiction in literature and film.

Three key ingredients in great science fiction

Three key ingredients in great science fiction

There's no shortage of 'must watch' science fiction movie lists on the internet, and even more debate about what films should be included.  While watching film submissions for this year's Other Worlds Austin Film Festival programming, I've had plenty of opportunities to contemplate what makes for really great science fiction.

You Just Might be a Sci-Fi Geek If...

You Just Might be a Sci-Fi Geek If...

I wrote the following post on my personal blog almost nine years ago, immediately after the second Fantastic Fest. Most of the statements hold true today, although cell phones nowadays resemble HAL from 2001 rather than how the Samsung x475 reminded me of one of the spaceships from HEAVY METAL.

THE MIDNIGHT SWIM - Interview with Actress Beth Grant

THE MIDNIGHT SWIM - Interview with Actress Beth Grant

Several years ago, I was fortunate to meet and interview wickedly humorous and talented actress Beth Grant while she was in Austin supporting the quirky comedy, HERPES BOY. Her passion and enthusiasm was so infectious that we bonded immediately, and to date our time together is my most memorable interview in my film criticism career.

We've stayed in touch over the years as she continues to work hard in television and film. Just a few of her projects include THE BLUES FOR WILLADEAN, the film adaptation of Del Shore's award-winning dramatic play, James Franco's AS I LAY DYING, and THE MINDY PROJECT in which she portrays regular Beverly, an eccentric nurse-turned-receptionist. 

Although Beth's screen time in the upcoming film THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is rather brief, her character drives so much of the story between the female cast that I felt it imperative to have her perspective on this film as well as her advice for filmmakers.