The Austin Chronicle's Richard Whittaker interviews the writer of Island Zero, Tess Gerritsen.
Other Worlds Austin announces the Closing Night film for Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival (Dec 3-5). EMBERS, a Texas premiere, will screen at 7:30pm and 8:00pm on Saturday, December 5 at the Galaxy Highland Theatres. Other Worlds Austin also announces the finalists for the inaugural Mary Shelly Award.
Other Worlds Austin, Austin’s first and only festival dedicated to SciFi filmmaking, is kicking off its second annual affair with the US premiere of the brilliant thriller, BOY 7. And OWA will close the three day festival by announcing the winner of the inaugural Mary Shelley Award for SciFi Filmmaking.
What scares Sarah Adina Smith? It's not jump scares or gore. It's films like Australian metaphysical mystery Picnic at Hanging Rock, where the characters are engulfed by the wilderness. She said, "What is terrifying is the existential crisis the movie puts off."
"Whenever interesting or out-of-left-field directors are given a chance to do something like that today, more often than not it's a pre-packaged deal: a comic book film or remake that doesn't let them really exhibit their voice. But for a time in the 80's, some great filmmakers were really given that chance and made films that, if not classics, were at least interesting."
"I enjoy the constant presence of the unknown. It’s true that as technology progresses, it’s easier to fact-check things like believable movements in Zero Gravity or the proper procedure of carrying out a lab experiment. But there’s a certain freedom to be had in creating a sci-fi story. Can you prove that giant squirrel aliens don’t exist out there somewhere? "