Written by guest contributor Marlo Clingman.
Start your year off right with fresh and thought-provoking science fiction cinema. The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is back for its third year and it has a great line-up of exciting new pieces. The festival selects films that reflect legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick’s passion for challenging the way people view reality.
The festival launches on Thursday, January 15, with a night of sci-fi short films at the Cervantes Institute. Admission for Thursday is free and the night kicks off at 7pm with ten different short films from around the world. Both Friday and Saturday will also feature blocks of short films, including an opportunity for audience members to vote for the best Philip K. Dick-inspired short. In addition to film screenings, there will be Q & A sessions with several filmmakers.
Along with a multitude of short films, the festival will screen several features. The first up will be the sci-fi horror flick Nightmare Code, starring The Walking Dead’s Andrew J. West, which we highly recommend. The festival will also host the New York City premiere of Painting the Way to the Moon. This documentary follows the story of mathematician Dr. Ed Belbruno, who made breakthroughs in space travel with a paintbrush in his hand.
Also screening at the festival will be paranormal horror film 21 Days, where three filmmakers test themselves to see if they can live in a house that no one else has been able to live in for more than three weeks. If you think you can handle it, check out the seriously creepy website for the film The Perfect 46. In the movie, a company creates a site that analyzes a couple’s genomes to create a “perfect” child. Underground filmmaker James Fotopoulos will be screening his film There, which follows an unstable war veteran who takes matters into his own hands when he discovers signs of an impending alien invasion. The festival closes with Inverse, a thriller about a man who dies only to wake up in a dangerous parallel universe.
The festival runs January 15 through 18 at The Cervantes Institute, Tribeca Cinemas, and The Producer’s Club in New York City.
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