This year, New York City will finally be able to say “Greetings!” to its first science fiction film festival ever. The Philip K. Dick film festival takes place tonight and this weekend, showcasing indie sci-fi flicks from around country and abroad.
Who dat? Oh, just the literary mastermind behind the original stories for arguably some of the best science fiction films ever to grace the silver screen, including Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report and of course – Bladerunner. In honor of the iconic novelist, the three-day festival “aims to start a tradition of honoring films inspired by authors who have explored the metaphysical and eerie in all its manifestations.” This includes such diverse themes as immortality, humanity, time, space, consciousness, the Eschaton (or end of time), 2012, apocalyptic horror and the Singularity.
The highly-anticipated main feature of the festival will be a screening of an adaption of Dick’s final novel “Radio Free Albemuth” tonight at 7.30 pm. Set in a dystopic America circa 1985, “Radio Free Albemuth” stars Jonathan Scarfe (“Savages”), Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire”), Katheryn Winnick (“Love and Other Drugs”) and singer Alanis Morissette (who was actually kind of awesome in Weeds). An added bonus: A Q&A session with writer/directer John Alan Simon is set to follow the screening.
Check out the trailer here:
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