Other Worlds Austin Announces Second Wave of Films and Dan O’Bannon Grant Winner

Austin, TX -- Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival has announced its second wave of programming for Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival (Dec 1-4) at Flix Brewhouse. The 2016 slate includes the World Premiere of DOMAIN, the North American Premiere of ORIGIN, dual centerpiece films WE GO ON and VIRTUAL REVOLUTION, as well as BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE and SOMNIO, all Texas premieres.

In addition, OWA will present the World Premiere of the first ever original score for the 1932 classic ISLAND OF LAST SOULS. Composer Jay Woelfel will be in attendance. Finally, Other Worlds Austin is proud to present the inaugural Dan O’Bannon Filmmaker Award to THE GOLDEN RECORD PROJECT.  

“After just three years, Other Worlds Austin is definitely getting access to the best genre films from around the world,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director, “and with that, surprising SciFi topics like the bio-tech of Sweden’s ORIGIN or what I would call Sociological SciFi DOMAIN.  I am so proud to be world premiering DOMAIN which also does a great job of establishing a world with just a single location and a great ensemble, including Britt Lower, an actress I’ve been keeping my eye on since I programmed BESIDE STILL WATERS at AFF.”

For the first time this year, Other Worlds Austin will present a dedicated Horror sidebar, called Under Worlds Austin, which includes UWA Centerpiece Film WE GO ON.

“WE GO ON is the perfect example of why we created Under Worlds Austin,” Fonté. “An exploration into the possibility of life after death equally uplifting and terrifying, the film will sit uncomfortably in the back of your mind because it’s so smart and grounded. And we wouldn’t have been able to play it last year.”

This year Other Worlds is thrilled to present an exciting new twist on an old classic. ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, the 1933 Paramount Pictures black and white classic directed by Erle C. Kenton and co-written by science fiction legend Philip Wylie (When Worlds Collide) was the first film adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, about an obsessed scientist who is secretly conducting surgical experiments on animals on a remote island. Strangely the film was originally finished with a score pulled from other films in the paramount catalog.

This HD restoration is presented with the World Premiere of a new score by composer and filmmaker Jay Woelfel, who also did a full mix using other period sound FX and dynamics that just weren't possible in the early 1930's. 

"I met Jay in 2012,” says Fonté, “at a festival so poorly run we had to break into the booth and play our own DVDs. Moreau is one of the most fascinating characters in SciFi and Jay's fantastic period appropriate score gives us the perfect excuse to reexamine a forgotten gem starring the great Charles Laughton and (of course) Bela Lugosi."


Other Worlds Austin Second Wave Films

OWA Centerpiece Film

VIRTUAL REVOLUTION (USA/France) Dir. Guy-Roger Duvert

In 2047, most of the population spend all of their time online, connected into virtual worlds where they can fulfill all their fantasies, losing all interest for reality and leaving it to a small minority. A shadow Agent is tracking and eliminating terrorists who want to destroy this system...

"Though far from the first cautionary tale against overuse of video games,” says Jordan Brown, OWA Associate Artistic Director, “Duvert's neo-noir, cyberpunk world is utterly transporting and shows a subtle sympathy for its characters who are addicted to an "other world" that they view as a welcome escape from their own.”


UWA Centerpiece Film

WE GO ON (USA) Dirs. Jesse Holland & Andy Mitton

Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom is offering reward money to the first person who can show him a ghost, an angel, a demon - anything to prove to him that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates - a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. And along with his protective mother, he embarks on an adventure through Los Angeles that will spiral into an unthinkable nightmare.


World Premiere

DOMAIN (USA) Dir. Nathaniel Atcheson

After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. Able to communicate through a networked video interface, the survivors wait for years and slowly become a motley family of sorts. But their fragile social ecosystem is shattered when, one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing from their bunkers.


World Premiere of New Score

ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932) (USA) Dir. Erle C. Kenton

An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.


North American Premiere

ORIGIN (Sweden) Dirs. André Hedetoft and Andreas Climent

Three science students are on the verge of making a breakthrough in their research into biohacking and cell ageing. When one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they break moral boundaries and use their untested research on him, in an attempt to save his life. He starts showing signs of strange side effects that enhance the body’s properties, but what seemed like something fun and exciting turns out to be far more dangerous than they ever had imagined.


UWA Feature

BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE (Romania) Dir. Adrian Țofei

Obsessed with making a movie with Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway, a young man in Romania goes to shocking extremes using three local actresses to shoot scenes from the movie to send to Anne as proof of his filmmaking and acting skills.


OWA Feature

SOMNIO (USA) Dir. Travis Milloy

A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart his captors to find a way back to a world that may already be gone.


Dan O’Bannon Filmmaker Award Winner

The Other Worlds Austin Dan O'Bannon Filmmaker Award is presented to a filmmaker whose proposed short film follows our mission statement’s explanation of a phenomenal SciFi film: a great story that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the audience, thrilling them both visually and intellectually.

This year’s award goes to the team behind THE GOLDEN RECORD PROJECT.

Logline: Inspired by the true story behind NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Mission, famed astronomer Carl Sagan and author Ann Druyan lead a team challenged with encapsulating “what it means to be human” onto a Golden Record that, billions of years later, becomes integral to the survival of a descendant of humanity: an AI astronaut.


Christopher Sibley, Writer/Director

Andrew Van Wyk, Writer/Producer

Sean Faulk, Writer

Michael Stine, Director of Photography


“THE GOLDEN RECORD PROJECT is a love letter to science, astronomers, artists, film-watchers, and aliens,” says Don Elfant, OWA Director of Marketing & Development. “It is beautifully conceived and thoroughly well-planned. The scope is both intimate and cinematic. We are proud to present the inaugural Dan O’Bannon Award to THE GOLDEN RECORD PROJECT. It represents everything Other Worlds Austin stands for. We can’t wait to see it on the big screen!”

Writer/Director Christopher Sibley says, “I believe the grant holds value because of the alliance forged between OWA and our team. Being associated with OWA both strengthens the legitimacy of our project and acts as another potential avenue for marketing and awareness.”

The 2016 Dan O’Bannon Jury is: Jim Brunzell, Festival Programmer; Meredith Johns, SFX Artist and Production House Executive; Jean Ann Lauer, Fest Programmer/Director; Andrew Matthews, Filmmaker; Mike Saulters, Journalist, Tishuan Scott Actor; and Christine Thompson, Journalist.


Badges to the four-day festival start at $65 and can be purchased at OtherWorldsAustin.com.

Interviews and screeners available upon request.


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!


About Dan O’Bannon

Dan O’Bannon (1946-2009) was a highly acclaimed science fiction/horror film screenwriter. Best known for writing the blockbuster hit ALIEN and the zombie fest THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, which he also directed, O’Bannon went on to write TOTAL RECALL, INVADERS FROM MARS (1986), SCREAMERS, and many other SciFi films. O'Bannon helped create the animated feature HEAVY METAL writing two of its segments ("Soft Landing" and "B-17") and even did computer animation and graphic display work on STAR WARS.