Other Worlds Austin Announces Opening Night Film and More

Austin, TX -- Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival (Dec 1-4 at Flix Brewhouse) has announced as its Opening Night Film for 2016 the Israeli SciFi comedy OMG, I’M A ROBOT?! Other Worlds Austin also announced the retro screening of the cult classic DARK STAR, written by John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon. Lead actor Brian Narelle and Diane O’Bannon (Dan’s widow) will be special guests for the screening. In conjunction with the Austin School of Film, Other Worlds Austin will also present a free screenwriting workshop lead by Matt Lohr, co-author of Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure.


OMG, I’M A ROBOT?! (Israel) Dir. Tal Goldberg and Gal Zelezniak


Danny is a very sensitive guy; so sensitive that Noa, his girlfriend, leaves him because he is “not manly enough.” Sad and lonely, he cuts his wrists and tries to commit suicide. It is only then that he discovers that he is not really human, he is a robot - an indestructible war ma­chine. Moreover, his girlfriend did not leave him - she was kidnapped by a mysterious organization that is spying after Danny. With the help of Goldschmidt, his overly macho boss, and Robo-Joseph, a small Jewish R2D2-like robot with a lot of "hutzpah," he goes out on a journey to save his girl and find out why the hell is he a robot?!

“OMG I’M A ROBOT?! is a fantastic coming of age story that is heartfelt, thrilling and very funny,” says Dan Repp, OWA Senior Programmer and Event Director. “It's about embracing change without sacrificing one's identity even when you realize that you are a frickin’ robot!”

“It's a perfect Opening Night film,” says Repp, “because it will clear our audiences’ minds of their work week and get them excited about what's to come. On top of being a joy to watch, I was shocked by how much this film made me think. I can't wait to watch this again with a full theater!”


DARK STAR (US) Dir. John Carpenter


This is a low-budget story of four astronauts in deep space. Their mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems that are to be colonized. The late Commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien who resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God.

“DARK STAR may be the first ever stoner space comedy, says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director. “With a ship traversing the galaxy blowing up planets to make room for civilization, a self-aware bomb, and the least frightening alien ever filmed, Dan O’Bannon and John Carpenter’s first glimpse into the stars finds them more playful than they would ever be again.

As OWA decided to honor Dan O’Bannon by naming our grant after him, we really wanted to take the opportunity to put some of his lesser known work on the big screen, and bringing in the original space-surfer Brian Narelle for the screening makes this a truly once-in-a-lifetime occasion.”


Brian Narelle

In addition to being an actor, Brian Narelle is a celebrated cartoonist, screenwriter, and puppeteer. He’s created wacky puppet films for Apple Computer and IBM, and funny cartoons for Electronic Arts. He’s brought humor to bear in rescue squad training for the IAFF, and won awards for films that teach young children about AIDS. He’s been a Supervising Animator with Lucasfilm and even created the original San Diego Chicken!


In Space, No One Can Hear You Type

Free Screenwriting Workshop with Matt Lohr


Imagine a world where you learn from one of the greatest. Imagine a world where your teacher, your mentor was... Dan O’Bannon.

Meet writer Matt Lohr. That was his world.

Dan O'Bannon, the highly acclaimed science fiction/horror screenwriter, best known for writing films such as: ALIEN, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, TOTAL RECALL, INVADERS FROM MARS, and SCREAMERS. 

Before O’Bannon passed away in 2009, he was writing a book on screenwriting that was later published by one of his students, Matt Lohr. Lohr will be joining Other Worlds Austin in partnership with the Austin School of Film for a free, open to the public morning breakfast talk as part of our ongoing series Film Talks. Lohr will be joined by the late O’Bannon’s wife, Diane.

A must for writers in our community to have a chance to share and learn how a great screenwriter works, Lohr will lead a discussion on O'Bannon’s screenwriting ‘system,’ and break down his most monumental work, ALIEN

 “I love Matt and Dan’s book, and what a great excuse to dive deeper into ALIEN!” says Fonté. “On top of that, I take classes at the Austin School of Film myself so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to partner with someone in the Austin Film community and create an opportunity for the whole town to enjoy a bit of an ‘Other World.’ And for free!”

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Where: 2200 Tillery Street - Austin, Texas 78723

Free & Open to the Public



Interviews and screeners available upon request.


About Matt Lohr

Matt R. Lohr is the co-author of Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure. An award-winning screenwriter and essayist, his work can be found in the book A Companion to Martin Scorsese; in Produced By, the official magazine of the Producers Guild of America; and on the website of the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Matt speaks regularly on film and writing at genre conventions, film festivals, colleges, and authors' events nationwide. You can also find his writing online at http://themoviezombie.blogspot.com.


About Other Worlds Austin

Other Worlds Austin is one of the premiere SciFi film festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the ‘Geek Capital of the World.’

With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.


About Flix Brewhouse

In addition to its flagship location in Round Rock, TX, Flix Brewhouse operates in Des Moines, Iowa and Carmel, Indiana, with more locations coming. The Flix Mix lobby bar and cafe is open seven days a week to the public, no ticket required, so you can come in and grab a bite to eat or have a locally brewed beer anytime!