August 8, 2019


"How did it get so late so soon?"
             – Dr. Seuss

 Newsletter 19.7                       Returning December 5-8, 2019

SPEED OF LIFE Brings Bowie-Sized Wormhole to Other Worlds
Other Worlds Film Festival is pleased to announce the Texas premiere of the time-travel romantic dramedy SPEED OF LIFE. This special screening will take place on Wednesday, August 28 (7:30pm) at Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre.  We're so excited to be hosting writer/director Liz Manashil as our special guest and to ask her all the questions.
Synopsis: In 2016, June and Edward are in the midst of an argument when Edward suddenly falls into a wormhole created by David Bowie’s death. In 2040, June continues to mourn the loss of Edward while facing the dark reality of being locked away along with the rest of society’s senior citizens. Unwilling to disappear, June begins to plan her escape when Edward suddenly reappears in her life.
“SPEED OF LIFE is a joy from start to finish,” says Don Elfant, Other Worlds Director of Marketing & Development. “It’s an intimate film with a big premise. The acting, Ann Dowd in particular, lives up to the stellar writing. We are so lucky to be able to present it to a Texas audience for the first time."


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Intersectional Feminist Vampire Flick Coming to aGLIFF!
Other Worlds Film Fest is proud to co-present the Southwest Premiere of teen vampire flick BIT as Community Sponsor of aGLIFF (The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival). Starring trans actress and upcoming star Nicole Maines (Nia Nal on TV’s SUPERGIRL), the impeccably hip genre film follows high school trans teen Laurel who bails on her small town for Los Angeles immediately after graduation. There, she meets a mysterious group of girls — vampires, looking to recruit her into their glamorous, alluring world where they have complete agency over their lives. But as Laurel becomes entrenched in their ways, she begins to doubt whether she’s ready to become one of them. A pulsing soundtrack, impossibly cool style, sharp wit, and a little camp breathe life into this fresh take on bloodthirsty ladies of the night.
OW Founder and Artistic Director Bears Rebecca Fonte, who also serves on the board of aGLIFF, got a chance to see BIT at InsideOut Toronto when she premiered her latest short. “Honestly, I was hoping to grab it for Other Worlds,” she says, “but we're so excited to be co-presenting the film and speaking with Maines at aGLIFF!”
The screening will take place Saturday, August 24th at 9:30 pm at the Alamo South Lamar.  This is Other Worlds’ fifth year as a community sponsor of aGLIFF (previous films have included GIRLS LOST, A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL, and last year’s secret screening, which turned out to be OCTAVIO IS DEAD).  aGLIFF co-presented PULSE at the 2018 Other Worlds. Bears Rebecca and the whole OW team will be at the screening, and Bears Rebecca will be doing the Q&A with the star, so we hope to see you there. “As a transgender filmmaker,” says Fonte, “it was so inspiring to see Maines cast on SUPERGIRL. And now she is lending her rising star to genre film. I might get a little bashful. You will not likely see that again.”

OW fans can get discounted tickets to the BIT screening ($2 off) using promo code “aGLIFFOWFF” when you are ready to check out.  The film guide can be found HERE.
Cowboys In Space
By ROBYN PAXMAN -- This weekend I went to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. I felt like I was in elementary school going on my annual school field trip. However, the museum was not like how I remember. Since around 2002, the museum has had many updates to reflect the changing views on our state's history. And as always, their revolving exhibits are great, especially their new "Cowboys In Space And Fantastic Worlds," located up on the third floor.
Space exploration in media has always had the same narrative structure as Western expansion.  From radio shows to modern TV shows and movies, you can draw parallels of expanding west to that of traveling and exploring space. Whether it is expanding due to limited resources or a search for freedom, the reasons for exploring space closely mirror the reasons for moving west as a part of Manifest Destiny, and can be seen in media such as FIREFLY and less remembered cartoons like BRAVESTARR. Traits of the classic hero that follow the “cowboy code” can be seen in Han Solo from STAR WARS.

The exhibit features props from some of the most recognizable SciFi Westerns including FIREFLY, STAR WARS, STAR TREK, and BUCK ROGERS. The exhibit also includes toys from these shows and highlights how these space cowboys were marketed to and received by the general population. The exhibit takes you through the typical tropes of this subgenre; from the archetype of the cowboy, cowgirl, and even the inclusion of alien species that often represented Native Americans, albeit in a problematic way. The exhibit also goes on to show how this subgenre is evolving and is no longer about the "lone man in the West" narrative.

The exhibit ends with a more modern look of the future of cowboys in space as it journeys to the early 2000s with ARMAGEDDON (1998) and SPACE COWBOYS (2000), as we get closer and closer to the future in which we envisioned these cowboy-like characters existing. Oh and don't forget to make your own Space Cowboy Comic Book cover while you're there! The exhibit will be running til December 1st 2019.
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Bears Rebecca Fonté
Founder and Artistic Director 
Jordan Brown
Associate Artistic Director

Debbie Cerda
Programmer and Hospitality Director
Courtney Hazlett 
Programmer and Director of Operations
Mark Martinez
Programmer and Social Media Director
Robyn Paxman
Programmer and Transport Director
Don Elfant
Director of Marketing and Development
Dan Repp
Senior Programmer and Events Director

Eric Harrelson
Programmer and Screenwriting Director
Reid Lansford
Programmer and Registration Director
Tessa Morrison
Programmer and Outreach Director
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