Festival Films

The 42nd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is proud to have these terrific films as part of this year’s Festival. This is in alphabetical order, and where we can, we have linked to its trailer. Actual showtimes can be found on our Festival Schedule page. These are not the films in the 24-hour SciFi Marathon. This page will be updated with new information as the Festival approaches, so please visit often.


“Mad Max on Ice” ~ Slash Film

2307: WINTER’S DREAM
(US, 2017) NE Premiere. Multi Film Fest winner! In 2307, Hell has finally frozen over . The nuclear winter endures. A genetically enhanced soldier is ordered to destroy the a humanoid rebellion. Stars Paul Sidhu, Branden Coles, Arielle Holmes (Am Honey) 103m. d: Joey Curtis
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“Cerebral and at times truly chilling…highly recommended.” ~ Den of Geek

ANTI-MATTER
(UK, 2016) US Premiere. A noirish intelligent thriller. A woman’s memories are compromised when she accidentally travels through, and then back, an artificial worm hole. 105m. d: Keir Burrows
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“A delightfully deranged steampunk adventure.” ~ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“A thrilling tale that respects the intelligence of its audience.” ~ Variety

APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
(France, 2016) #SciFiKids. It’s 1941, France, it is an alternate reality which is governed by Napolean V, and where steam power rules. Avril (Marion Cotillard) goes in search of her missing scientist parents who suddenly vanished. Award winning animation. 105m. d: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
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“Broken will in fact break you.” ~ Bloody Disgusting
“Has a surprising sense of style and a sure hand” – Dread Central

BROKEN
(UK, 2016) #SciFrightFriday. NE Premiere A crippled, depraved rock star is taken care of by a young woman with a past. Not your typical horror film. 98m.  d: Shaun Robert Smith
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DEAD SUNRISE
(Australia, 2016) #SciFrightFriday. US Premiere. Friends find a reclusive lab and unwittingly unleash flesh eating children onto the world. Oops. 83m. d: Michal Imielski
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DIVERGE
(US, 2016) Winner, Best Film, Lund Film Fest. The survivor of a deadly virus is given the chance to reclaim his lost life by stopping the man responsible for the disease. 85m. d: James Morrison


“Social media meets the apocalypse” ~ Austin Chronicle
“‘End of the world’ thriller that is top notch from beginning to end.” ~ ain’t it cool news

DOMAIN
(US, 2016) NE Premiere. Audience Award Other Worlds Fest, Austin TX. A deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. 97m.  d: Nathaniel Atcheson
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“Tension and technological horror collide.” ~ Wicked Horror

ELECTRIC NOSTALGIA
(US, 2016) A woman awakes to find out she was dead. She’s not even in her old body, and then there are the nightmares. Black & white. 91m. d: Jacob Leighton Burns
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ENERGY!!! THE MOVIE
(Italy, 1993) Discovery! US Premiere.  An energy scientist is holed up in a hotel challenged by elites, and a scheming mistress. Never shown in the US, the film stars acid-guru Timothy Leary in one of his last performances. d: Andrea Marfori (Evil Clutch)


FANTASTIC PLANET
(France, 1973) #SciFiKids. Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, FP was, and still is, a classic. d: Rene Laloux
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IMMIGRATION GAME
(Germany, 2016) World Premiere. Germany has solved the unwanted guest problem. “Refugees” are left outside the city. If they make downtown, they’re in. Except, ‘citizens’ can hunt them, to the death. 96m. d: Krystof Zlatnik
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“Unexpectedly thrilling adventure from Hayao Miyazaki” ~ Reel Film
“Picture Terry Gilliam doing an animated Star Wars by way of Jules Verne.” ~ Deseret News

LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY
(Japan, 1983) #SciFiKids. Saving a girl’s life sets a lad soaring into adventure with all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta’s past in abandoned castle on a floating castle. 125m. d: Hayao Miyazaki
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LAST BROKEN DARKNESS
(S. Africa, 2017) World Premiere. Eight years after the world ends, humanity has sought refuge under ground. One man, with nothing left to lose, finds there is more to himself when he and a young girl are left alone to survive and find their way home after their team is killed off by mysterious creatures. 127m. d: Christopher-Lee Santos
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“A hallucinatory, panic-inflected descent” ~ Sight & Sound
“Highly original premise and turns it into a pedal-to-the-metal thriller.” ~ The Movie

LOST SOLACE
(US, 2016) NE Premiere. A psychopath has a fateful encounter with a new drug. What follows is a mind-bending trip down the psychedelic highway of consciousness coming face to face with his own morality and his own twisted soul. 106m. d: Chris Scheuerman
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MAGELLAN
(US, 2017) World Premiere. NASA picks up mysterious signals from within our own solar system. A multi-year mission is planned with Astronaut Roger Nelson aboard The Magellan is launched. What lies ahead & what is left behind is the challenge. 100m. d: Rob York
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“This is vital and exciting beautiful stuff.  Love it.” ~ AICN, Harry Knowles

NOVA SEED
(Can., 2016) #SciFiKids. NE Premiere. Beneath a dying world, the Mindskull weaponizes the planet’s power for the ultimate destroyer. Can mankind find a way to stop this Evil before time runs out? The only answer lies within the Nova Seed. 64 m. For children 10+.  d: Nick DiLiberto
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OCCUPANTS
(US, 2016) Multi Film Fest winner! A documentarian named Annie ropes her husband into a project that involves setting up cameras throughout their house. Complications arise when the cameras start showing that same couple in an alternate, dark universe. with Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Picardo. d: Russell Emmanuel
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OMG I’M A ROBOT
(Israel, 2015) East Coast Premiere. A loser nebbish discovers his true nature with romantic & comic results. In Hebrew with subtitles. 90m. d: Tal Goldberg, Gal Zelezniak
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PROJECT EDEN, VOL. 1
(New Zealand/US, 2017) World Premiere. Aided by an ex-military officer, a young woman becomes an unwitting fugitive after discovering that her son’s catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy. With Erick Avari (The Mummy), Mike Dopud (The Strain, Continuum) 95m.  d: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance Young
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TELEIOS
(UK, 2016) Fantastic Planet, Fantasmagorical Film Fest winner! A rescue crew is sent to recover a deep space mining vessel. There is also the question of why there are no survivors . With Sunny Mabrey & Michael Nouri: d. Ian Truitner
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THE KAOS BRIEF
(US, 2017) World Premiere. KAOS, a hacktivist group, reveals top secret information found in the Edward Snowden files. It is footage filmed by four high school seniors. The video reveals a terrifying ordeal, from markings on their bodies, lost time, and mysterious visitations, their world has become dangerous. Social media exposes it all. 80m. d: JP Mandarino
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“Original … thought provoking, intelligently written.” ~ Slamdance

THE ASCENDANTS ANTHOLOGY
(US, 2017) World Premiere. In the near future, proof of the afterlife creates a corrupt dystopia. A socio-theologic scifi thriller where the afterlife has been confirmed and monitored by science, and that may not be such a good thing. Now salvation and damnation rest in exclusively mortal hands. 60m. d. Don Schechter
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THE LANDING
(US, 2017) World Premiere. The 1973 controversial Apollo mission is explored with no stone left unturned. In interviews conducted on the 25th anniversary of the incident, witnesses and participants reveal layers of mystery surrounding these little-known events, which few realize, it almost destroyed NASA. 83m. d. Mark Dodson, David Dodson
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“Surreal, and ultimately very moving.” ~ ScreenAnarchy

THE OPEN
(France, 2015) MultiFest Winner. War is global. Yet Stéphanie & André are preparing to play tennis… without any balls. They believe in it. So much that they could even convince Ralph, a guerilla from the plain, to lay down his gun… and take up his racket. Probing & smart. 103m. d: Marc Lahore
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THE TOMORROW PARADOX
(US, 2016) An insomniac’s black-market sleep aid sends his mind time-travelling. Is he a suspect in a woman’s disappearance or is it the drug? Lots of Boston connections. 98 m. d: Bruce Wemple
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THE WORLDS OF PHILIP K DICK
Presented in association with BOSKONE
(France, 2015) NE Premiere. Blade Runner. Minority Report. Total Recall. Paycheck,. And more. Cinema has been drawn to Philip K. Dick’s work. Themes of memory, loss of self, controlled societies all echo in the 21st century. This documentary explore the man, his writings and his films. 52 m. d: Yann Couquart
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VIRTUAL REVOLUTION
(France/US, 2016) Multi Film Fest winner. East Coast Premiere
Paris 2047. Everybody seems to be spending all their time connected to virtual worlds, and with reality taking a back seat, no one seems to care when restive naturalists start disappearing. Noirish. 93m. d. Guy-Roger Duvert
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“Combines solid entertainment, chilling topicality, and superbly intelligent serio-comic story values.” ~ Variety

WESTWORLD
Presented by Boston Public Radio’s Jim Braude & Margery Eagan
(US, 1973) “Have we got a vacation for you!” Join BPR’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan — along with critic Garen Daly — for a far out WGBH Cinema Classic Challenge! In an amusement park for the rich, vacationers live fantasies through elaborate animatronic sets. Things go deadly wrong when a robot gunslinger stalks the clientele.  88m. d. Michael Crighton
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“An atmospheric dose of sylvan shivers” ~ Hollywood Reporter

WITHOUT NAME
(Ireland, 2017) An ancient forest gets restive when a land surveyor is assigned to measure it for development. Brooding, eerie, and Celtic. 93m. d: Lorcan Finnegan
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Garen & Nat’s 17 Predictions for ’17

2017-prediction-gfxWith the deeply disturbing 2016 coming to a welcome close, what will 2017 bring? Here are Nat Segaloff and Garen Daly’s not-so-well considered thoughts.

1. AMC theatres will open a new megaplex in Quincy MA replete with all the bells & whistles except one: humans. Yep they finally did it. They built a movie theatre that isn’t populated by any of those pesky, demanding staff.  ATMs will sell tickets, a concession conveyor belt will dispense artery hardening food, scanning centers will allow people into designated theatres (RFID chips embedded in the tickets will ensure that nobody switches auditoriums), and iRobot Roombas will clean the places. Self-absorbed Millennials won’t notice any of this because they will continue texting to no one in particular and taking pictures of their popcorn. Hipsters will notice but will decide that movies aren’t cool enough, at least not until they become more retro. 

2. On a whim, the beloved Brattle Theatre plays the lottery and wins – big. They buy the old Harvard Sq Theatre building, turning it into a beautiful, comfortable, stylish 12 screen complex. One screen will be devoted to old 8mm home movies (you can send yours now) but, more importantly, the overrated Kendall Sq Cinema will suffer by comparison.

3. Suffering, Landmark’s Kendall Sq’s owners give in and actually improve their facility by putting in comfortable seats and having audio that actually sounds acoustically correct. The staff will also lose their “too cool for school” attitude.

3a. It is later reported that the Kendall Sq Cinema’s “too cool for school” attitude has been seen lurking near the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

4. The number of film festivals in Boston will exceed 99 when the Boston International Exotic Fruit Film Festival begins. It specializes in films where characters have lengthy scenes with fleshy seed bearers from another country. 

4a. Nationally, a number of Film Festival Director’s souls go missing. This will not be noticed until Eugene Jarecki makes a documentary about it. No reason is apparent until several indie pictures about Faust begin winning awards.

5. Plagued by plunging ratings for Trump TV, President Trump, aka Donny Very Small Hands, fires the American People. He blames them for destroying the greatness of the America that he loves. You know, the one where everything is in gold and his privilege exceeds all others.

5a. In response, those Americans whose brains haven’t atrophied boycott all Trump businesses.

5b. In response, Trump ratchets it up in a series of tweets. He blames the National Enquirer for spreading unfounded rumors as if they were facts. He is particularly aggrieved by their editors. He demands they take off their aluminum foil hats and go back to their own planet before he builds a wall around the Earth (Of course, he will make them pay for it.)

6. Feeling the love for Boston, Trump appoints car magnate Ernie Boch Jr ambassador to Russia. This becomes known as “Come On Down Diplomacy.” Vladimir Putin gets a new Subaru as part of the deal, but he already knew that. Hacking is such sweet sorrow. 

7. A server at Durgin-Park Restaurant will sue the owners after she is fired for being polite. Accused of subordination (rather than insubordination), Maura Walsh (not her real name) will tearfully explain, “I got fed up with flinging finnan haddie and Indian pudding at total strangers with a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude.” She will lose when the owners argue (and argue and argue) that brusqueness is a trade secret.

8. Apple goes back to basics and makes a product that is easy and simple to use. Hipsters find it so cool that they ignore it. Stock plunges.

9. Facebook will announce that they’ve been hacked by members of the Dark Net. But not to worry because embedded in all those cute cat pictures are Trojan Horses that turn the hackers’ computers will turn into repositories of big eyed kittens and disgustingly cute songs. They’ll be trapped in a maddening world of cloy. Incidents of hackers’ depression explode. At least that’s what their mothers report after hearing noises in their basements.

10. All the film distributors (Paramount, Fox, Columbia, etc.) will merge their sales and operations into one company called Aggregate Acceptance Corp. This does not include The Weinstein Company, which says it will join but then changes their mind, demanding separate Oscar consideration.

11. In an effort to get better T service, Brighton changes its name to “Not In Service” because that’s where most of the Green Line trolleys always seem to be headed.

12. Boston Celtic GM Danny Ainge gets a guest shot on American Hoarders who reveal his basement is loaded with stacks of unused draft picks.

13. NE Patriot coach Bill Belichek will trade owner Robert Kraft to the Cleveland Browns for two #1 picks and a conditional #4. “It’s what’s best for the team”, he drones.

13a.Tom Brady is discovered in the locker room sucking the air out of a football and explains that it looked sick and he was only giving it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

14. The Red Sox will sell the PawSox to a Chinese manufacturing group who misunderstood the concept of farm teams and thinks they are an agricultural endeavor rather than a breeding ground for trading overpaid (and possibly over the hill) baseball players.

14a. Then the Red Sox will use their new-found windfall to purchase Curt Schilling. They will lock him up, thus ending his embarrassing post baseball career and preserving the memory of his legendary pitching prowess.

15. Hazy Auguries
a. Hillary Clinton is astonished when all of her top secret e-mails are returned in a single batch by MAILER-DAEMON as having been undeliverable.
b. “Cheers” on Beacon Hill (formerly the Bull & Finch Pub), finally realizing that the TV show is longer being shown, changes its name to the “Game of Thrones Tavern” and becomes an R rated cosplay hotspot.
c. A digital screening of “Groundhog Day” at this year’s 42nd annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival gets stuck repeating the same chapter for two hours before anybody notices.
d. Starbucks buys Dunkin’ Donuts and surprises everyone by finally serving coffee that tastes like coffee and isn’t just an excuse to drink cream and sugar.

16. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, Steven Spielberg will once again make a film that Americans want to see.

17. Garen & Nat will snap out of their self-induced reverie and accept the reality that none of their predictions for 2017 will come true.

Garen Daly is the founder of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, Feb 10-20 2017, Somerville Theatre. He is an alleged media personality, film analyst/commentator and sometime director of the Orson Welles Complex, a documentary. on Boston’s most famous movie theatre.

Nat Segaloff is an author, screenplay writer and erstwhile Boston Herald journalist. He has written books on William Friedkin, Arthur Penn and more. His next book, coming out this spring on NESFA press, will be on legendary writer Harlan Ellison. He has produced TV shows, plays and dabbled in just about every media form there is. He currently lives in LA, where he really tries to return phone calls.

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Submit Your Film

Darth SubmitThe 42nd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is now accepting submissions for this year’s fest.

Categories include feature film, short film, web series, music videos, documentary and whatever the judges deem appropriate. Barring the ill-conceived, and reprehensible, all visual forms of science fiction, science fiction and plain ol’ weird will be considered.

Winners in the major categories will get more than the normal swag and accolade, but also an iRobot Roomba. We’ll have more details on this as we get closer and sponsors come on board.

To submit your film please use either FilmFreeway or WithoutaBox.

In addition to submitting your film, we hope you’ll come and visit. We have deals with hotels, we’ll be having events, parties and workshops for filmmakers. Heck, if you have a special talent and want to host a workshop, please let us know. Email us at info (at) BostonSciFi.com. Put “Workshop Idea” in the subject line.

Boston SciFi HQ & Information

This is where we will be making announcements. You may also want to check TWITTER for more updates coming to your mobile device.

FAQs
Answers to some basic questions.

TICKETS
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INDIVIDUAL SHOWS
Buy tickets for single shows.
Be sure to click on “Buy Ticket”, graphics, trailer and description of the film,will pop up before you purchase.

SCHEDULE
Printable schedule of the Fest

WHO WE ARE
Brief bios of Team SF42

Tickets on Sale!

Phoenix Ticket v1Early bird tickets go on sale August 1, 2015 for the 41st Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon. They can be purchased via the web site through Paypal or by snail mail. For snail mail, please make checks out to Zeotrope Media 106 Jeremy Hill Rd Pelham NH 03076.

As always the ticket prices will slowly be increasing as we near the event.

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon will be held February 5 – 15 2016 at the Somerville Theatre 55 Davis Square in Somerville MA.

Redeeming Thon Tickets

20150215_105522 copyHad a Ticket, but missed the ‘Thon due to the Weather?

(Fri. 2/20 @ 3:00 pm) Fear not. We’re offering a “make good”, or a partial one at least. Send your unused Thon ticket to the office and we’ll give you 50% off on a Sf41 Thon ticket. Here’s the fine print. The ticket needs to be mailed to:

BostonSciFi
c/o Zeotrope Media
106 Jeremy Hill Rd
Pelham NH 03076

Please make checks payable to Zeotrope Media. Thank you.

For each SF40 Thon ticket received, you can purchase one Sf41 Thon ticket for $25.00 or 50% off. Everything will be mailed back to you. Offer expires March 17, 2015

Oh No, A Rescheduling!

the-shining-snowThe snow is forcing us to make some adjustments to our schedule for today, Feb 9, 2015.

The 7:30 pm show of Temporal Globes will be moved to Sunday 2/15 at 1:00 pm in the Micro-Cinema. Previously purchased tickets will be honored.

The 9:00 pm show of Chrysalis will be rescheduled to 3:00 pm on Sunday 2/15 in the Micro-Cinema. Previously purchased tickets will be honored.

The 7:00 show of Boy 7 will screen as originally published, with the possibility of an additional screening over this upcoming weekend.

Our apologies for any inconvenience, but the safety of our staff does take precedence.

Thank you for your understanding.

Help Wanted!

Looking for a way to enjoy a film festival from the inside? How about volunteering for sf40?

We’re looking for
Print Manager – talking with filmmakers & coordinating shipping
Events Associates – help with planning & executing events/parties
Database Wizard – keep our info up to date

Interested? Please email us BostonSciFi (at) gmail.com
Interns Wanted