Under its original title of The Well, this was one of the highlight screenings of last year's inaugural Other Worlds Austin science fiction festival (See Water Wars, Dec.5, 2014). It was also a homecoming of sorts, since writer Jacob Forman and director Tom Hammock came up with the premise in 2006 while driving cross-country to work on Texas-shot All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.
"2014 is dead, done and gone. But we'll be living with the legacy of its film festivals for months to come. Here's a completely arbitrary selection, in no real order, of some of the titles we liked last year, and think you'll want to see this year."
Last weekend's Other Worlds Austin has returned to its home planet, but the inaugural year of the city's first dedicated science fiction film festival leaves the winners of its awards, the Cthulhies, behind on Earth.
The big winner in the features category was cause-and-effect crime thriller Time Lapse. Written and directed by Bradley King, it received its Texas premiere as the festival's centerpiece film, and went on to take best feature, best script, best actress for Danielle Panabaker, and best score. Here's the full list of winners: "
The Other Worlds Austin science-fiction film festival blasted off to a great start last Thursday, with a pre-apocalyptic happy hour at The Tigress cocktail bar where several of us tried the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. I really appreciated that social events were scheduled around the screenings. Saturday morning's "2014: A Brunch Odyssey" was held at The Goodnight, and provided a great opportunity to network with other attendees including filmmakers.
"The Well is a well-written commentary about how a vital resource could result in the devolution of the world that we know. Hammock presents a strong female lead with a strong moral compass, who can survive and fight while showing compassion for others."
When the near-future eco-drama The Well screens at the Other Worlds Austin science-fiction film festival, it will be a homecoming of sorts. After all, if it wasn't for Texas-shot All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, writer Jacob Forman and director Tom Hammock would never have made their debut feature. In fact, says Forman, "I don't think either of our careers would have happened without Mandy Lane."
"I recently had the opportunity to interview Fonté over lunch at our neighborhood pub. We discussed how the late Housecore Horror Fest founder Corey Mitchell encouraged Fonté to start his own science-fiction festival, and offered him support and advice. Five percent of all proceeds from Other Worlds Austin ticket sales and merchandise will be given to the foundation that was started to fundraise for Mitchell's family."
"When Bears Fonté announced that he would be holding the first Other Worlds Austin festival this Dec. 4-6, it was going to be a small affair, with one screen at the Galaxy Highland showing nothing but sci-fi films for three days. Now ticket demand has been so big, he's decided to add another screen and four new feature titles."
The winter holidays can, indeed, be out of this world. And a group of local filmmakers and science-fiction enthusiasts are pushing those boundaries with the launch of Austin's first dedicated science-fiction film festival, Other Worlds Austin, from Dec. 4-6 at Galaxy Highland 10 (6700 Middle Fiskville).
"Get ready for eco-horror: As the seemingly never-ending Texas drought continues to bake us, Other Worlds Austin has announced its opening night film as a dramatic reminder that the water wars are coming."