Returning for a fourth exciting year, Other Worlds Austin, one of the premier SciFi Film Festivals in the US, features some of the best and unheralded genre films. Beginning on Thursday December 7 at Flix Brewhouse, the four day event includes 16 full length films, a slew of shorts, and a screenwriting workshop. Not terribly surprising to anyone who regularly follows my writings, I’ll be at the event.
Here’s what to expect at Other Worlds Austin 2017
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
10 AM – 11:30 AM FILM TALKS: PHILIP EISNER TALKS EVENT HORIZON
BLACK HOLE TO HELL: THE USE, REUSE AND ABUSE OF ARCHETYPES IN SCIFI AND HORROR (AND SCIFI HORROR)
Location: Austin School of Film at Motion Media Arts Center
Address: 2200 Tillery Street – Austin, Texas 78723
(Open to the public, but please RSVP as a courtesy)
Can the familiar still frighten you? How do movies marvel us with visions of a future inspired more often than not, by other movies we’ve seen? Join acclaimed screenwriter Philip Eisner (EVENT HORIZON) as he breaks down some well-travelled cinematic set pieces (haunted houses, mystical swords, blood-thirsty monsters) across the genres to show how writers build off memory to construct their own mythology. Featuring clips from a variety of films, this workshop is perfect for genre filmmakers and fans alike. Remember, where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.
12:10PM UNDER WORLD SHORTS
Adrian Selkowitz | USA | 13min
Writer: Lauren Kincheloe
Claire, a beautiful and calculating trophy wife, has convinced her husband to invite an influential Hollywood power couple to dinner, believing that preparing an elaborate meal for them might result in her starring in her own cooking show. Things begin to go awry when the arriving guests step over a woman’s naked body in the driveway.
Phil Bucci | USA | 2min
After blacking out, Paul wakes to find his world changed forever. (Alumi: Special Forces‘16)