The first New York Science Fiction Festival of its kind, the Philip K. Dick Film Festival is organized by filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of telling a unique story in a corporate environment. The year 2012 marks the inauguration of the festival. The festival will be held in New York City in the fall for a total of 3 days in venues all over town. Guest speakers and writers that best represent the goals of the festival will attend the opening ceremonies.There will be panel discussions.
The PKDFF kicks off December 7th and runs through December 9th. Below are some of the features you can expect, including Radio Free Albemuth inspired by an Philip K. Dick novel!
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Friday, December 7, 2012 (OPENING NIGHT)
Radio Free Albemuth | 7:30 – 9:30 PM | John Alan Simon
The Philip K Dick Film Festival opens its 2012 season with Radio Free Albemuth the masterful adaptation of Philip K Dick’s novel. Radio Free Albemuth was directed by John Alan Simon (producer of the Getaway) and stars Shea Wigham, Jonathan Scarfe ( Savages), Katheryn Winnick (Love and other drugs) and Alanis Morrisette.
Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam) and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The story is set in an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont, a Nixon-like clone (Scott Wilson).
Q&A with director John Alan Simon will follow the screening of the film.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
First Winter | 9:30 – 11:00 PM | Benjamin Dickinson
When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands them with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record, their utopian commune is breached by anxiety and their idyllic harmony begins to lose its tune. As time wears on and the food supply dwindles, power struggles, jealousy, and desire threaten the group’s ability to work together in order to survive.
In this extraordinary debut feature, filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson explores the fundamental instincts of human nature that arise when perseverance and beliefs are not only tested, but taken to their limits. Nuanced, authentic performances escalate with heightened emotion, while ethereal landscapes intimate that the poetic world of First Winter exists in an undefined time and space, perhaps not so far apart from our own.
First Winter screened at Tribeca Film and Woodstock Film Festivals.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Blood for Irina | 7:20 – 8:30 PM | Chris Alexander
Irina is dying. A predator who stalks streets at night looking for blood, she has lived over a century; tormented by memory, living in a run-down motel by the sea, Irina has reached the end. Her perceptions skewed, her body and mind revolting against themselves, she waits for an exit. Her private hell is echoed by the motel manager, driven by an obsession to protect Irina and keep her secrets safe, and a broken prostitute whose desperate plight may be worse than Irina’s. It’s the tale of three people living a life on the fringe, trapped in world of literal and figurative decay.
Blood for Irina is a stylish,existential vampire story directed by Chris Alexander, Editor in Chief of Fangoria Magazine.
Blood for Irina nabbed Best Experimental Feature Film award at the PollyGrind Underground Film Festival in Las Vegas and both Best Medium Length Film and Best Director for Medium Length Film at Buffalo Screams
The Last Push | 8:30 – 10:00 PM | Eric Hayden
A powerful comment on existence and humanity. This film is directed by Eric Hayden and stars Lance Henrickson(Millenium fame,Alien,The Right Stuff), Karhy Payton(The Shield) and Brian Baumgartner(The Office)
When a tragic accident cuts short the first manned mission to explore life on the moons of Jupiter, Michael Forrest must make the 3 year journey home to Earth in pure solitude
This film explores what it means to be human, and how are lives are nested within the lives of others.