7 items from 2011
So, you normally don't hear about what women are directing in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy? That's because other assholes don't write about it. Only this asshole does. And there's a lot of new films projects you'll want to check out, if you're a real fannerd.
Also in theaters is director/writer Miranda July's fantasy film The Future (see our review) opening on August 5th, 2011. This is July's second feature as director, the first being Me and You and Everyone We Know, which everyone who loves arty movies said was amazing. There's a talking cat and romance and a goregous beauty to The Future. Watch the stunning trailer:
At the end of August, 2011, FrightFest UK in London is screening Emily Hagin's »
The Beholder Short Film has premiered. Nisha Ganatra‘s Beholder (2011) stars Jessica Pare, Rupak Ginn, Elaine Hendrix, Michael McMillian, and Michael Mosley. Beholder‘s plot synopsis: “Beholder takes place in the biosphere-protected Red Estates, a gated community with a socially conservative political majority. At a clinic where patients can genetically engineer their children, Sasha, the wife of rising political star Bobby Aryana, is informed that her baby carries the genetic marker for homosexuality. By the laws of Red Estates, this is an aberration that must be dealt with immediately, and Sasha must decide between staying faithful to the love of her life or risking everything. Touching on issues of race, sexual orientation, and conformity, Beholder examines the notion of identity and the costs of belonging.” This was higher quality than I was expecting. It seemed like a segment of a larger story. The genetically engineering children storyline has a distinct similarity with Jim and Soldier. »
Imagining America's grim environmental and political future, Futurestates is a series of independent short narrative films created to ask serious questions about how life will be in the near-future if we continue to ignore global warming, immigration policies, and our budget crises. In essence - life is going to suck.
There are some great women filmmakers who have shorts in this free-to-watch series, with storylines and visual styles as varied as the filmmakers themselves.
Annie J. Howell's Tj & Marco is set in 2025 in a socialist United States with strict anti-Spanish language laws and police-state-immigraton policies.
Suzi Yoonessi's Spring of Sorrow combines fairy tale imagery with water shortages in a desert-like future Earth.
That Which Once Was, by Kimi Takesue, takes place in a vast metropolis after the tragedy of raising temperatures fractures human civilization. »
Jessica Paré, the Montreal born actress who became famous overnight for becoming the unlikely new wife of Mad Men swinger Don Draper (John Ham), stars in the short dystopian film Beholder. Directed by Nisha Ganatra for the Futurestates project (which is like a politically charged, onlineTwilight Zone) the film has garnered some acclaim, so we're glad to be able to make it available for you here.
Beholder takes place in the biosphere-protected Red Estates, a gated community with a socially conservative political majority. At a clinic where patients can genetically engineer their children, Sasha, the wife of rising political star Bobby Aryana, is informed that her baby carries the genetic marker for homosexuality. By the laws of Red Estates, this is an aberration that must be dealt with immediately, and Sasha must decide between staying faithful to the love of her life or risking everything. Touching on issues of race, »
Kranti Kanade’s short Idol (2011) comes across first as a plain narrative of irreconcilable tension between the two generations in a Marathi family. The son is a devoted fan of Maradona, a football giant who scored the “goal of the century,” and his father believes in the worship of Ganesh and sticks to his fatherly authority. The son isn’t allowed to watch Maradona on TV in the house, for what was a crucial match. The tension leads to fits of temper and anger which seem sad but inevitable. The narrative remains with you to dwell on deeper issues of the divide in belief systems. The modernism of the football games and telecasts are pitted against the non-negotiable authority of the fathers. The short has the economy of the form, the brevity of presenting an issue and the insight of raising questions. A clean and crisp work, the film »
- Shekhar Deshpande
Futurestates, the public broadcasting web series that "imagines America's tomorrow today," launched its second season featuring 10 new episodes. The sci-fi series, funded by The Independent Television Service, is a collection of "short narrative films created by veteran filmmakers and emerging talents transforming today’s complex social issues into visions about what life will be like in decades to come." Debuting at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, the second season of Futurestates promises 10 filmmakers' visions of America in the not-too-distant future: what we'll do, where we'll live, and who we'll be. The lineup: Beholder by Nisha Ganatra Sasha A resident of the socially conservative gated community Red Estates, makes a discovery about her genetically engineered unborn child that causes her to rethink her allegiances. Remigration by Barry Jenkins In a future San Francisco that is entirely upper-class, the city starts a program to bring working-class families back to the city that pushed them out. »
- Drew Baldwin
Directors: Nisha Ganatra, Barry Jenkins, Kimi Takesue, Robby Henson, Bennett Cohen, A. Sayeeda Clarke One of the biggest surprises for me during SXSW 2010 was the Futurestates: Season 1 program. In my opinion, the Futurestates: Season 1 shorts are the epitome of great science fiction -- inventive, futuristic narratives with strong social-political messages concerning our modern world -- so it is with much excitement that I report that SXSW 2011 will feature six episodes from Futurestates: Season 2. Similar to season one, this year’s selection of Futurestates shorts visualize various possible futures for American society which include one or a combination of the following: environmental degradation, political polarization (and apathetic masses), over-reliance on new technologies, and globalization. Beholder Director Nisha Ganatra’s America exists within “safe” and “perfect” bubble of the socially conservative gated community Red Estates. Sasha (Jessica Pare) and her husband, Bobby (Rupak Ginn), are in the middle of a genetically engineered pregnancy. »
- Don Simpson
7 items from 2011
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