After an illustrious inaugural year, Other Worlds Austin will return in December 2015, bringing the best in SciFi from around the world to Austin, TX. We can’t tell you much about this year, but we can tell you that if you want the cheapest possible price on badges, make sure you are on our badge interest list for 2015.
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: "
Dispatch from Mission Control:
Audience Award Winners Time Lapse and One-Minute Time Machine
Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival wrapped up its inaugural season today by announcing its Audience Award winners for 2014. More than 250 films were submitted to the first-time festival. A passionate and engaged audience ultimately had to choose from 11 features and 30 shorts, all Texas premieres.
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.
I'm a total voyeur," Bradley King states matter-of-factly to audiences at last weekend's inaugural Other Worlds Austin sci-fi film festival. Time Lapse has just screened, and the writer/director indulges our questions. "Not in the kinky sense …." [Laughter.] "All right, in the kinky sense."
King and Cooper have made a movie that is not only the kind of sci-fi I want to see, but they used Archetypal characters in a way that allows for Jungian analysis. Which means that I think people like me, people who love discussing movies, and love reading into movies, and love examining movies, will really get a kick out of Time Lapse. Or, at the very least, have fun arguing over the details of time travel.
Every once in a while I catch a movie that I cannot stop talking about. For me this year that film is TIME LAPSE, a brilliant Hitchcockian suspense film about three roommates who discover a giant camera aimed at their window which spits out a Polaroid of what will happen (in that window) twenty-four hours in the future. The film is a triumph because it manages to tackle a very heady topic (time travel) in an incredibly simple and understandable form, and because it delivers a true genre film with none of the expensive trappings that those undertakings usually require. There are no special effects in Bradley King and B.P. Cooper’s film; in fact, the entire film takes place in an apartment complex, about as un-SciFi as you can get. However, the film succeeds in building a very distinct world with its own particular rules and logic, as all great Sci Fi films do, as well as a great mix of comedy and thriller with a standout cast.
"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).