News Release

April 8, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Don Elfant




AUSTIN, TX -- Other Worlds Austin will celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th) with a program of fantastic STAR WARS fan films. The free event will take place at the Independence Brewing Company (3913 Todd Ln #607, Austin, TX 78744). Doors will open at 7:00pm and the program will begin at 8:30pm. Films screened will include Official Star Wars Fan Film Award winners: TROOPS, PINK FIVE, THE JEDI HUNTER, and CHAD VADER: DAY SHIFT MANAGER. The event will feature a costume contest, Star Wars memorabilia, brewery tours, and handcrafted beer.

TROOPS Directed by Kevin Rubio, this is the fan film that started it all. A parody of the TV show COPS, TROOPS is set in the world of Star Wars, but with the Stormtroopers as the stars.

PINK FIVE Directed by Trey Stokes, this popular short is the first in a trilogy. It features an X-Wing pilot named Stacey who happens to be a hard core Valley Girl. PINK FIVE follows the storyline for STAR WARS EPISODE IV, but from very different points of view.

THE JEDI HUNTER Directed by John E. Hudgens (BACKYARD BLOCKBUSTERS), this STAR WARS spoof of THE CROCKODILE HUNTER stars Boba Fett as Steve Irwin along with his wife, Terri Fett. Together they hunt Jedi.

CHAD VADER: DAY SHIFT MANAGER Created by Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan, this web series focuses on Chad Vader, the day-shift manager of the Empire Market supermarket and his contentious relationship with customers and co-workers.

“We had such a great response at the 2014 festival when we played the documentary BACKYARD BLOCKBUSTERS,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Director of Programming. “People kept asking us how they could see these films. But watching them on the laptop is one thing. Up on the big screen, like the originals that inspired them—that's a great excuse to celebrate a fan driven holiday like May the 4th.”

“If you're like me, your parents bought you off with Kenner Star Wars figures,” recalls Fonté. “I loved making up my own stories, non-canon, usually involving renegade biker scouts teaming up with Ewoks to take down the Death Star. These fan films take that creativity to the next level. Advances in technology have allowed some of these films to look as good as the real thing. For years we waited for the next Star Wars film. These filmmakers have made the wait easier, and supplied memorable scenes and characters to the galaxy far, far away.”

Bears Fonté is available for interviews before or at the event.

About Other Worlds Austin

Other Worlds Austin is dedicated to bringing the best of SciFi to Austin, Texas. The festival programming team looks past budgets or the Hollywood push to find great stories and give them an Austin premiere. The 2nd Annual Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival takes place December 3-5, 2015 at the Galaxy Highland 10. For more information, go to

About Independence Brewing Co.

Since 2004 Independence has handcrafted and hand bottled specialty beers as well as classic favorites. The laid back atmosphere of Independence’s new tasting room is a great place for the community to engage and travelers to visit. Independence hosts many events, and live music plays on Friday evenings and Saturdays.