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FUTURE ‘38 - a Texas Premiere

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As part of its Orbiter Year-Round Series, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is thrilled to present the Texas premiere of the SciFi screwball comedy FUTURE ‘38 on Wednesday, May 17 (7:30pm) at Flix Brewhouse. Writer/Director Jamie Greenberg will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the screening.

FUTURE ’38 is a Technicolor valentine to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and ‘40s, with a SciFi twist. It’s a time-travel adventure which presents the exotic future-world of 2018 A.D., as imagined by the filmmakers of 1938!

The film won the Audience Award at Slamdance 2017 and the Grand Jury Prize at Gasparilla 2017.


Our modern world through a 1930's lens.... FUTURE ‘38 is a "lost" classic film from 1938, recently rediscovered in a Hollywood attic! Filmed in blazing early Technicolor, it's the story of a man who must save the world by travelling to the future—ll the way to 2018. And man, did those old-timey filmmakers get a lot right.

“I can't wait to share FUTURE ‘38 with the OWA audience,” says Dan Repp, OWA Senior Programmer and Event Director. “Jamie Greenberg and his team have created a truly original experience that demands multiple screenings. I wanted to watch this ambitious film again right after my first screening because it's full of subtleties and non-stop wise-cracking.”

“My favorite part of all our screenings,” says Repp, “is the conversations between the filmmaker, the audience, and the Other Worlds Austin Team after the films and I'm really excited to hear what people will have to say about FUTURE ‘38!”



“Must-see film… Ideal escapism, with plenty of pastels to boot.” -Indiewire

“Ambitiously designed and retro-inspired comedic adventure… Spitfire dialogue laced with puns and two lead performances (by Nick Westrate and Betty Gilpin) straight from a classic B-movie come together for a highly entertaining dose of ingenuity.” -Moviemaker

“If Ed Wood and John Waters somehow adopted a baby and raised them to make a film in modern-day midtown Manhattan, the result could be something like FUTURE ’38…  A wacky trip into the past and future” -Hollywood Reporter

“A favorite from Slamdance ’17… Inventive sci-fi pastiche… The future is a glorious, Technicolor dream world.” -Yahoo Movies

“Highly recommend FUTURE ’38, especially to film buffs… terrific dialogue and a sweet and funny relationship at its core” -Forcesofgeek



Jamie Greenberg has a long history in time-travel, having co-created (and acted on!) WHERE IN TIME IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?, for which he received two Emmy nominations. He also wrote for all five seasons of its predecessor show, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?. He has written for numerous networks including MTV, FOX, PBS, Comedy Central, VH-1, History Channel, and more.




Betty Gilpin (stars in Netflix’s upcoming G.L.O.W. and played Dr. Carrie Roman on Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE) 


The supporting cast has a strong science fiction heritage:

Sean Young is a SciFi icon from her roles in BLADERUNNER and DUNE.  She is also known for NO WAY OUT, STRIPES, FATAL INSTINCT, AND ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE.

Robert John Burke played Robocop in ROBOCOP 3 and is widely known for his roles in LAW & ORDER:SVU, GOSSIP GIRL, and RESCUE ME.

Ethan Phillips Neelix on STAR TREK: VOYAGER and has appeared in STAR TREK: TNG, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE as well as numerous other films and TV shows.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Introduction) is a world-famous astrophysicist beloved by smart people everywhere for his strong advocacy of science, SciFi, and all things good.