Brea Grant's Madelines to Open Other Worlds Film Festival
Time traveling crime drama spearheads first wave
By Richard Whittaker,
10:30AM, Thu. Oct. 7, 2021
If any film festival was suited to go hybrid IRL/online, it would be the sci-fi-centric Other Worlds, and now it's announced that the opening night film for it's in-person end will be Madelines, the slippery time travel adventure from Haychet producer Jason R. Miller and 12 Hour Shift director (and UT alum) Brea Grant.
In its first wave of programming the fest (running Dec. 2-5 in-person at Galaxy Highland Theatre and online Dec. 6-12) looks into futures both hilarious and dystopian with eight new films (apt, since it's celebrating its eighth outing). Other Worlds Senior Programmer and Events Director Dan Repp said, "A lot of people, including myself, thought there would be a drought in the film industry this year. I’m happy to say we were way off!. Creative minds found an outlet during the tough times and there has been a rise in content for all genres.
That opening roster of eight films is all Texas premieres, giving local audiences a first chance to catch titles like Fantasia selection When I Consume You, and A Hard Problem, the first feature from LA-based creative duo hazart.
To celebrate this first wave, there's a special discount on badges through Oct. 14, with the in-person Supernova badge for only $150, and the Cyber Extension Multipass for virtual screenings for only $60. Head over to otherworldsfilmfest.com for passes and info. Now here's that initial lineup in full:
D: Natalie Kennedy
Writer: Stephen Herman
Struggling author Claire Rivers signs up for a fully A.I. operated retreat to help her writer’s block, but when an unforeseen software glitch occurs, she gets trapped inside her unit with a malfunctioning android, a degenerating host and no communication with the outside world (UK, Texas Premiere).
A Hard Problem
After the death of his mother, Ian must pack up the house where he cared for her in her waning years. A strained relationship between him and his sister leads Ian to discover there are complicated circumstances behind the life he didn't realize he was living (US, Texas Premiere).
Hell is Empty
D: Jo Shaffer
Writers: Adam DeSantes, Jo Shaffer
A self-styled messiah initiates a teenage runaway into his cult of sister-wives. Her rebellious nature upends the community, triggering a bloody uprising against the patriarch (US, Texas Premiere).
D: Rasmus Merivoo
Two city kids, zero smartphones, one village. When left at Granny’s the siblings find an instruction on how to build a devilish creature. The only missing puzzle is one soul… (Estonia, Texas Premiere).
D: Jason R. Miller
Writers: Brea Grant, Jason R. Miller
Madeline and Owen have invented time travel, but after discovering a mistake in the code that causes a copy of Madeline to appear every day, they must kill each new Madeline to prevent the universe from collapsing in on itself (US, World Premiere, Opening Night Film).
Take Back the Night
D: Gia Elliot
Writers: Gia Elliot, Emma Fitzpatrick
Finding herself the victim of a violent monster attack, Jane launches a vigilante campaign to hunt the beast that tried to kill her. However, as her troubling history of drug use and mental illness bubbles to the surface, her family, community, and authorities begin to question the authenticity of her account. Alone in her fight, Jane questions her own memory of the attack… and if Monster exists at all (US, Texas Premiere).
When I Consume You
D: Perry Blackshear
A woman and her brother seek revenge against a mysterious stalker. A gritty, slow-burn urban folktale about family, damnation, and redemption (US, Texas Premiere).
D: Teddy Grennan
When Harley joins her new boyfriend for a long Halloween weekend at his country estate, they’re invaded by a band of masked freaks and forced to play a Wicked Game. To the intruders’ unpleasant surprise, Harley’s history has left her with some tricks of her own making the game surprisingly even.