Short Film: Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon
Part of the "Science Fiction and Creature Features" Shorts Block, starting 12 Noon on Saturday, September 10!
USA | 2015 | 17 minutes | Kerry Yang In Genghis Khan's last days, an encounter with a Wizard sends him to the Moon. Just as the Mediaeval anti-hero thinks he's made his greatest conquest, he finds himself on a spiritual quest, realizing the absurd clash between one man's need and the silence of the Universe. Cast: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Hong, Marcus Natividad, Daniel Juhn, Guy Perry
Cinematographers: Guan xi, Noah Kistler
Music: Pantawit Kiangsiri
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Short Film: Bionic Girl
Part of the SciFi & Creature Feature Shorts Block starting noon on Saturday, September 10!
France | 2015 | 14 minutes | Stephanie Cabdevila A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her in the outside world so that it can face it for her Cast: Clémentine Poidatz, Laurianne Mortureux, Antoine Levannier
Cinematography: Benoit Soler
Music: Mathieu Alvado, Stephanie Cabdevila
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Short Film: They Will All Die in SpaceThey Will All Die in Space
Spain | 2015 | 15 minutes | Javier Chillon Part of the SciFi & Creature Features Shorts Block starting at noon, Saturday September 10!
The starship Tantalus drifts through space. Fun Fact: Javier Chillon also directed the outstanding HIFFSD 2013 scifi hit film Decapoda Shock!
Cast: Francesc Garrido, Julio Perillan, Ben Temple
Cinematography: Luis Fuentes
Music: Cirilo Fernández
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#156: Explore the Italian Dark SciFi Film INDEX ZERO with Director Lorenzo Sportiello (SPOILER FREE)Index Zero is a new dark science fiction film from Italy, and a debut feature from director Lorenzo Sportiello. As with any good genre story, Sportiello uses high-concept cinema to explore some very real problems facing Europe today--namely the refugee and immigration problems that challenge many European countries. The film also boasts an impressive world-building attention to details, oppressive dystopian atmosphere, and an immersive soundscape as we follow the refugee points of view of two characters trying to cross a border toward, not just a better life, but to actual survival.
Horrible Imaginings has been invited by the San Diego Italian Film Festival to co-present a special, one-time-only screening at The Museum of Photographic Arts on June 16th. Since I will be introducing the film, I decided to contact director Lorenzo Sportiello to get some insights into his vision. He graciously agreed to join me on Skype all the way from his homecity of Rome, Italy.
You never know where an interview will take you, and we get into so fascinating discussions about his refugee metaphor, independent filmmaking challenges, as well as comparing and contrasting indie filmmaking in the US vs. Europe, and the importance of the "middle class" of independent filmmaking. It was great fun for us, and I hope it will be for you, too! This will be a NON-SPOILER episode, so you can listen to it before seeing the film, and I hope it will interest you in seeking the film out!
For those of you who live around San Diego, and if you catch this episode in time, I hope you will join us in 8 days at MOPA for our screening! Here are the details:
Tickets will be available at the door. Now listen to our conversation, and remember to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD! Until next time!