Announcing Final Wave of Films and Defender of the Universe Award

Austin, TX -- Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival has announced its final wave of programming for Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival (Dec 7-10) at Flix Brewhouse, as well as special event trivia show THE BIG QUIZ THING at OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN.  

The slate includes the North American premieres of TUFTLAND and RESTORATION; the Texas premiere of Closing Night Film CURVATURE; and the special retro screening of the 1979 Disney classic THE BLACK HOLE, with Defender of the Universe Awardee director Gary Nelson.

In addition, Other Worlds Austin will present three fantastic shorts programs, one entirely dedicated to the horror sidebar, Under Worlds Austin.


“Every year we welcome submissions from all over the galaxy, and every year we seem to have harder choices,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director. “Our Under Worlds program is especially strong for year two, including the Finnish brooding horror TUFTLAND—sort of a ROSEMARY’S BABY meets MARTHA MARCY MAE MARLENE. I met writer/director Roope Olenius a few years ago when I programmed BUNNY THE KILLER THING at SF Indiefest, and he reached out to me with his directorial debut.”

“HOSTILE and FLORA are both crossover Horror/SciFi films that will please fans of both genres,” says Jordan Brown, Associate Artistic Director, “and I love FLORA’s 1929 setting, and botanical backdrop. RESTORATION is another North American Premiere and plays like an Australian episode of BLACK MIRROR.”

“If I had to pick one film I am dying to see on the big screen,” says Fonté, “it has to be our retrospective screening of THE BLACK HOLE with director Gary Nelson. I remember demanding my parents take me to see it (I was four, I think) and being utterly terrified. I can’t believe Disney made this film. With Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Ernest Borgnine and the voice talents of Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens, the film plays as essentially ‘20,000 Leagues In Space’ with spectacular production design and a mesmerizing score from John Barry.” Nelson, whose other directing credits include FREAKY FRIDAY and ALLAN QUARTERMAIN AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, will be OWA’s second Defender of the Universe after 2016’s Sybil Danning. “Nelson is a lifer,” says Fonté, “from directing for TV Westerns like Have Gun – Will Travel and Gunsmoke, to comedies like Gilligan’s Isle and Get Smart, to a long relationship with Disney, Gary helped define the role of a director in what the FCC chairman had just deemed ‘a vast wasteland.’ Later, as he moved into film, his finely-tuned skills turned what could have been genre-knock-offs into classic adventure stories in their own right.”

Also at the festival this year, OWA will venture into midnight madness territory with the World Premiere of PURPLE FURY.  “As for PURPLE FURY,” Fonté demurs, “I can neither confirm nor deny that it features the talents of George Miller, Deep Purple, Prince and Stone Temple Pilots. Roger Waters claimed they never actively tried to sync Dark Side of the Moon with Wizard of Oz, and I’m pretty sure no one ever intended this pairing either.”

Other Worlds Austin has previously announced a special retro screening of the SciFi cult classic EVENT HORIZON, with screenwriter Philip Eisner and the Texas premiere of Opening Night Film BEYOND SKYLINE.



The Big Quiz Thing at Other Worlds Austin

As seen in the world’s first bar-trivia TV show, the Big Quiz Thing—creators of the finest corporate and private live-trivia entertainment nationwide—brings its multimedia game-show spectacular to Other Worlds Austin for a tremendous sci-fi team-trivia game show! Hosted by America’s premier live quizmaster and the BQT’s founder, Noah Tarnow, the Big Quiz Thing is way more than a bar quiz: it’s a full interactive quiz show spectacular, with video and audio puzzles, the Lightning Round, the Buzzertastic Finale, and the best, most “figureoutable” trivia questions anywhere, all played via the BQT’s unique digital answer system (play on your smartphone or another digital device). Plus, there’s hope for the less geeky: Smart-Ass Points for wrong but funny answers. All for honor, glory, and prizes. Learn more about the Big Quiz Thing at

The Big Quiz Thing at Other Worlds Austin debuts on Friday, December 8. “Noah is one of my best friends from college and was the guy we all fought over for team trivial pursuit (remember board games?), says Fonté. “He’s a total know-it-all in the worst connotation of that phrase, and a smart aleck. I challenged him at my college reunion to devise a version of his show that was all SciFi to see if he could stump our fans. If you’ve done trivia shows at bars, this is nothing like that.”


Other Worlds Austin Full Slate of Films





Beyond Skyline

Liam O’Donnell | USA | 1h 45min

Writer: Liam O’Donnell

Cast: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Yayan Ruhian, Betty Gabriel, Antonio Fargas

Set simultaneously with the previous Skyline film but in a different location during the worldwide alien invasion, Mark, a tough-as-nails detective, embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son, Trent, from a nightmarish alien warship.


The Black Hole

Defender of the Universe Screening *Just Announced*

Gary Nelson | USA |1h 38min

Writers: Jeb Rosebrook, Gerry Day

Cast: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine  

A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.



Texas Premiere *Just Announced*

Toshihisa Yokoshima | Japan | 45min

Writer: Toshihisa Yokoshima

There is a world in which an endless rain of dark ash fills the sky, and covers the earth. The people have fled deep within the underground. This is the story of the children growing up in this fearful world, this is "COCOLORS.” (Animated)


Closer Than We Think

World Premiere
Brett Ryan Bonowicz | USA | 85min

A documentary about the golden age of post-WW2 futurism explored through the life of Arthur Radebaugh---the visionary behind the Sunday comic strip “Closer Than We Think.”




Texas Premiere *Just Announced*

Diego Hallivis | USA | 1h 30min

Writer: Brian DeLeeuw

Cast: Linda Hamilton, Lyndsey Fonseca, Glenn Morshower

A time travel sci-fi drama about an engineer who travels back in time to stop herself from committing a murder.



Reese Eveneshen |Canada |1h 41min

US Premiere *Just Announced*

Writer: Reese Eveneshen

Cast: Ashley Armstrong, Colin Paradine, Jamie Elizabeth Sampson, Raven Cousens

In the near future, Rhett Murphy and his estranged sister Jean are forced to flee from a militant police state after witnessing the dark secrets of a nefarious corporation.



Texas Premiere

Haylar Garcia |USA |1h 37min

Writers: Jim Brennnan, Haylar Garcia

Cast: Penelope Mitchell, Kyle Gass, Chris Johnson, Sally Kirkland

Jennifer Conrad is a small-town girl starting over in the big city. Fleeing an abusive relationship, all she wants is a chance to begin again. But it is hard to start over when something is eating you while you sleep . . . one painful bite at a time.



Texas Premiere *Just Announced*

Sasha Louis Vukovic | Canada | 1h 44 min

Writers: Sasha Louis Vukovic

Cast: Teresa Marie Doran, Sari Mercer, Miles G. Jackson

In 1929, an expedition of university botanists enter an uncharted forest where they discover, and mist escape an ancient organism.



Event Horizon

20th Anniversary Screening

Paul W.S. Anderson | USA | 2h 10min

Writer: Philip Eisner

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs

The rescue crew of the Lewis and Clark investigate a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.


Everything Beautiful is Far Away

Texas Premiere *Just Announced*

Pete Ohs, Andrea Sisson | USA | 1h 31min

Writer: Pete Ohs

Cast: Julia Garner, Joseph Cross, C.S. Lee

A guy, a girl and a robothead hike across a desert planet in search of a mythical lake.



Texas Premiere *Just Announced*

Jamie Patterson | UK | 1h 20min

Writers: Christian Hearn, Jamie Patterson

Cast: April Pearson, Karl Davies, Louisa Lytton

When Rebecca and Michael decide to take a weekend getaway and drive into the isolated countryside, they arrive at their cottage unscathed, but Rebecca can’t help but feel like someone is watching.



Texas Premiere *Just Announced*

Mathieu Turi | USA | 1h 23min

Writer: Mathieu Turi

Cast: Brittany Ashworth, Gregory Fitoussi, Javier Botet

Juliette, a lone survivor of an apocalyptic era, fights to survive against hunger, thirst, a broken leg and strange disturbing creatures that only come out at nighttime



North American Premiere

Royce Gorsuch | USA |1h 46min

Writer: Royce Gorsuch

Cast: Chris Mason, Spencer Locke, Faran Tahir, Scott Mechlowicz

A young mad genius attempts to ‘hack the human mind’ in order to fix humanity.



Texas Premiere *Just Announced*

Jordan Horowitz | USA| 1h 20min

Writer: Jordan Horowitz

Cast: Joey Klein, Evalena Marie, Kip Gilman

Henry Long desperately seeks a cure for the condition that leaves him unable to feel physical pain.


Purple Fury

World Premiere *Just Announced*

??????? | USA | 2 h

Writer: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Prince, Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, and Scott Weiland

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

This road warrior gets captured, but it’s not really about him, it’s about this bad ass woman, who liberates all these other women and drives them across the desert in cinema’s longest car chase. Badges only, no individual tickets will be sold.



North American Premiere *Just Announced*

Stuart Willis | Australia | 51 min

Writer: Stuart Willis

Cast: Craig McLachlan, Grant Cartwright, Stephen Carracher

In a near-future world, where individuals have their memories downloaded for backup, a man awakes in a body that is not his own.



North American Premiere *Just Announced*

Roope Olenius | Finland | 1 h 29 min

Writer: Roope Olenius

Cast: Veera W. Vilo, Saara Elina, Neea Viitamäki

A headstrong textile student tries to overcome her problems by accepting a summer job offer from an isolated and offbeat village of Kyrsyä. 



A Crimson Man | dir Mike Pappa

Appellation | dir Tracy Mathewson

Cold Storage | dir Thomas Freundlich

Couples Night | dir The Summers Brothers

Einstein-Rosen | dir Olga Osorio

Followed Back | dir Scott Baker

Holiday Fear | dir Nicholas Payne Santos

Immersion | dir Mikhael Bassilli

La Sirena | dir Rosita Lama Muvdi

Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness | dir Kris Theorin

Meeting MacGuffin | dir Catya Plate

Nicole's Cage | dir Josef Brandl

The Ningyo | dir Miguel Ortega

Paleonaut | dir Eric McEver

Paul's Bad Day | dir Phil Bucci

Prenatal | dir Bears Fonté

The Quantified Self | dir Gleb Osatinski

Scanners | dir Natalie Jenison

Seam | dir Elan Dasani

Skinjacker | dir Dan Horrigan

Solved | dir Michael Bartolomeo

Spell Claire | dir Greg Emetaz

Studded Nightmare | dir Jean-Claude Leblanc

Super Science Friends - Episode 1: The Phantom Premise | dir Brett Jubinville

Synchronous | dir Ricardo Fernández Jiménez

Taste | dir Adrian Selkowitz

They Charge For The Sun | dir Terence Nance

Three Skeleton Key | dir Andrew Hamer

The Tinwife | dir Travis Neufeld


Badges for the festival start at $60 and can be purchased at

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.


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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!