The 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Announces Sixth Annual Award Winners


The Three Day Gathering Honored Excellence of Independent Sci-Fi Cinema

Actors Armand Assante, Charles Baker, ​Jonny Beauchamp, ​Nicki Clyne, Nana Gouvea, Tom Sizemore, Melvin Van Peebles and More Special Guests Attended Screenings of Their Film Premieres

The 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the award winners for its sixth annual event which featured exclusive premieres, panel discussions and virtual reality experiences. The festival took place from February 23-25 and featured special guest appearances by Armand Assante, Charles Baker, ​Jonny Beauchamp, ​Nicki Clyne, Nana Gouvea, Tom Sizemore and Melvin Van Peebles at the screenings of their film premieres.

“This year’s festival was a successful entry into the science fiction film world because of its exceptional selections and special guest stars,” said festival founder and director Daniel Abella. “We honored films that reinvented the genre and combined an emotional roller coaster of elements that left attendees refreshed and energized.” The gathering also hosted a lineup of stars who made a lasting impression on the festival. “The air was sparkling with electricity,” said Abella. “The interactivity between the celebrities and the audience was palpable and the charisma brought the festival to a new level.”

The festival awarded films with honors based on originality, creative insight and inspirational storytelling through the prophetic lens of the festival’s namesake. “With each passing year, more people are learning through our festival of the universal appeal of Philip K. Dick,” said Abella. “Our 2018 winning films capture his legacy and serve as a beacon of hope and possibility for independent filmmakers who are not afraid of being different and rocking the boat.”

Congratulations to the award winners of The 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:

Alterscape (2018) — World Premiere
Director: Serge Levin
Run Time/Country: 88 min, USA
Synopsis: After a failed suicide attempt, a young man coping with loss and depression submits to a series of trials that fine-tune human emotions but his unique reaction to the tests send him on a journey that transcends both physical and perceived reality. Starring Michael Ironside (Total Recall)​,​ Charles Baker (Breaking Bad), Alex Veadov (Act of Valor), Serge Levin (Welcome to Willits), Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger), Mack Kuhr (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Olan Montgomery (The Blacklist) and Sara K. Edwards (Mad Women). Produced by Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare) and cinematography by Richard Clabaugh (Eyeborgs).

The Child Remains (2017) — NYC Premiere
Director: Michael Melski
Run Time/Country: 120 min, Canada
Synopsis: An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror as they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where infants and mothers were murdered. Starring Suzanne Clément (Mommy), Allan Hawco (Frontier), Shelley Thompson (Labyrinth) and Géza Kovács (Scanners).

Pictured: Black Wake producer Carlos Keyes, actress Kelly Rae LeGault, festival director Daniel Abella, actress Nana Gouvea, actor Jonny Beauchamp, actor Tom Sizemore Credit: Bruecool Productions

Black Wake (2018) — World Premiere
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Run Time/Country: 120 min, USA
Synopsis: Specialists gather in a top-secret facility to investigate a series of strange deaths on beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and examine video evidence to uncover a possible parasitic explanation for the fatalities. When a determined detective sends one of the scientists the crazed writings of a mysterious homeless man, she slowly learns that the actual threat may be more dangerous – and far older – than anyone ever imagined. Starring Nana Gouvea (The Fever), Golden Globe Award nominee Tom Sizemore (Witness Protection), Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos)​,​ Jonny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful)​ and ​Chuck Zito (Oz). Inspired by the cosmic horror of genre writer H.P. Lovecraft.

Pictured: The Wanderers actor Armand Assante Credit: Bruecool Productions

The Wanderers: The Quest of The Demon Hunter (2017) — USA Premiere
Director: Dragos Buliga
Run Time/Country: 90 min, Romania
Synopsis: A vampire hunter and a reporter investigate mysterious circumstances at a castle in Transylvania. Starring Primetime Emmy Award winner Armand Assante (Gotti).

The Shaman and The Scientist (2017)
Director: Sarah Hutt
Run Time/Country: 15 min, USA
Synopsis: This short documentary explores the topic of traditional plant medicine from two perspectives – that of Don Juan Tangoa Paima, a curandero who works with Ayahuasca medicine in the Peruvian Amazon, and through the research of Dr. Dennis McKenna, who taught ethnopharmacology for over 30 years and is the brother of ethnobotanist Terence McKenna, looking for new medicines to treat schizophrenia and dementia. The story takes viewers from jungle to lab asking what is the value of undiscovered knowledge in the world’s most biodiverse biomes, and what is at stake if we allow those precious resources to be lost.

It Began Without Warning (2017)
Director: Santiago C. Tapia, Jessica Curtright
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: “The time has come,” the Walrus said. And all the little Oysters stood and waited in a row. Produced by Couper Samuelson, the executive producer of the Golden Globe Award nominated film Get Out (2017) and Efren Ramirez (actor, Napoleon Dynamite).

Program (2017)
Director: Gabriel de Urioste
Run Time/Country: 8 min, USA
Synopsis: A young woman goes back to fix a broken relationship with a lost love.

Paleonaut (2017)
Director: Eric McEver
Run Time/Country: 16 min, Japan/China
Synopsis: A scientist studying the first human time traveller falls in love with her subject. But if her research succeeds they will become separated by eons of history. She must find a way to connect with him across the ages or lose him forever.

Metta Via (2017)
Director: Warren Flanagan
Run Time/Country: 10 min, Canada
Synopsis: Set in the future, a young woman wakes up in a mysterious temple-like room and must figure out her purpose.

Pictured: Paleonaut director Eric McEver Credit: Bruecool Productions

Paleonaut (2017)
Director: Eric McEver
Run Time/Country: 16 min, Japan/China
Synopsis: A scientist studying the first human time traveller falls in love with her subject. But if her research succeeds they will become separated by eons of history. She must find a way to connect with him across the ages or lose him forever.

Sound From the Deep (2017)
Director: Antti Laakso, Joonas Allonen
Run Time/Country: 29 min, Finland
Synopsis: An international research group is searching natural resources from the Arctic Ocean. They pick up a strange underwater sound from far north, and start to follow it to the uncharted waters. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Astronaut of Featherweight (2017)
Director: Dalibor Baric
Run Time/Country: 27 min, Croatia
Synopsis: From space spa colonies to alien plantations, everybody is forced to take care of their bodies in this dark vision of a hyper-capitalist trans-human society in which body is a commodity and money is immortality.

Sounds of Freedom (2017)
Director: Holly Chadwick
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: Two veterans, one of the Iraq War and one of the Vietnam War, both suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. From their jobs at the local newspaper and through a series of flashbacks and sessions with a common therapist, they are challenged to the max when a serial killer strikes at home.

The Making of Marine Butterfly (2017)
Director: Alex Bartuli
Run Time/Country: 23 min, USA/Canada
Synopsis: Exploring the invention of the 3-Dimensional Audio System and where will it take mankind.

Impuratus (2017)
Director: Michael Yurinko
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: A police detective in circa 1917 is called to a remote mental hospital to witness the death-bed confession of a mysterious Civil War Vet that forces him to believe in the supernatural. Starring Holt Boggs (The Leftovers), John Savage (The Deer Hunter) and Saturn Award nominee Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).

About The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival launched in 2012 as New York City’s first festival of its kind and honors the enduring legacy of novelist Philip K. Dick, whose work maintains a strong influence over modern culture and society. Organized by individuals and filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of presenting a unique narrative in a corporate environment, the festival embraces original concepts and alternative approaches to storytelling in the form of independent science fiction, horror, supernatural, fantasy, metaphysical and virtual reality films. Since 2013, the festival has held international gatherings in France, Poland and Germany and many domestic screening events throughout the year. The 2018 festival was held at Village East Cinema (181-189 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003) with two screenings at Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106).

About Philip K. Dick:
“The core of my writing is not art but truth.” – Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the 20th century’s most profound novelists and writers within the science fiction community. His exploration, analysis and beliefs led to the publishing of 44 novels and 121 short stories. PKD’s enormous library of works led to several film and television adaptations including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Radio Free Albemuth (2010), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Total Recall (2012), The Man in the High Castle (2015, Amazon) and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017, Channel 4/Amazon). PKD’s enormously effective views composed of fictional universes, virtual realities, technological uprising, dystopian worlds and human mutation foresaw a significant observation at the current state of government and contemporary life. Though he is gone in the physical form, his philosophies live on in the techniques applied to present day narratives, films and ideals.

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