Other Worlds Austin: 2016 Preview

Other Worlds Austin:
2016 Preview

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? Tis the east, and Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival is the Sun!

That’s right, dear readers—it’s my absolute favorite time of year, and not because of the holidays. Instead, I get to enjoy a blissfully perfect weekend surrounded by the best individuals humanity has to offer and watch SCIENCE FICTION (and a smattering of horror). Other Worlds Austin 2016 is only a few days away, and it’s my civic duty to ensure you make the most of this year’s festival. If you’re scratching your head in disbelief that there’s an entire film festival devoted to science fiction in Central Texas, never fret! Yours truly will give you the inside scoop so you don’t wind up getting blasted into bantha fodder (Note: this is a highly unlikely outcome unless you cut me in line or spill my beer).

Anywho, Other Worlds Austin is one of the premier sci-fi film festivals in the U.S. and easily the best use of your time this weekend. Now in its third year, founder Bears Fonté and the rest of the OWA team have put together an exciting lineup complete with Under Worlds Austin—a dedicated horror sidebar full of feature films and an assortment of spine-tingling shorts. This year’s festival runs December 1st through the 4th at Flix Brewhouse in Roundrock, so be sure to grab one of the remaining passes!

Let’s take a look at what’s screening, shall we?

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? Tis the east, and Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival is the Sun!

That’s right, dear readers—it’s my absolute favorite time of year, and not because of the holidays. Instead, I get to enjoy a blissfully perfect weekend surrounded by the best individuals humanity has to offer and watch SCIENCE FICTION (and a smattering of horror). Other Worlds Austin 2016 is only a few days away, and it’s my civic duty to ensure you make the most of this year’s festival. If you’re scratching your head in disbelief that there’s an entire film festival devoted to science fiction in Central Texas, never fret! Yours truly will give you the inside scoop so you don’t wind up getting blasted into bantha fodder (Note: this is a highly unlikely outcome unless you cut me in line or spill my beer).

Anywho, Other Worlds Austin is one of the premier sci-fi film festivals in the U.S. and easily the best use of your time this weekend. Now in its third year, founder Bears Fonté and the rest of the OWA team have put together an exciting lineup complete with Under Worlds Austin—a dedicated horror sidebar full of feature films and an assortment of spine-tingling shorts. This year’s festival runs December 1st through the 4th at Flix Brewhouse in Roundrock, so be sure to grab one of the remaining passes!

Let’s take a look at what’s screening, shall we?

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? Tis the east, and Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival is the Sun!

That’s right, dear readers—it’s my absolute favorite time of year, and not because of the holidays. Instead, I get to enjoy a blissfully perfect weekend surrounded by the best individuals humanity has to offer and watch SCIENCE FICTION (and a smattering of horror). Other Worlds Austin 2016 is only a few days away, and it’s my civic duty to ensure you make the most of this year’s festival. If you’re scratching your head in disbelief that there’s an entire film festival devoted to science fiction in Central Texas, never fret! Yours truly will give you the inside scoop so you don’t wind up getting blasted into bantha fodder (Note: this is a highly unlikely outcome unless you cut me in line or spill my beer).

Anywho, Other Worlds Austin is one of the premier sci-fi film festivals in the U.S. and easily the best use of your time this weekend. Now in its third year, founder Bears Fonté and the rest of the OWA team have put together an exciting lineup complete with Under Worlds Austin—a dedicated horror sidebar full of feature films and an assortment of spine-tingling shorts. This year’s festival runs December 1st through the 4th at Flix Brewhouse in Roundrock, so be sure to grab one of the remaining passes!

Let’s take a look at what’s screening, shall we?

The 2016 OWA Poster designed by artist David Poe

Now, if you’re a long-term reader of Drive-in Zeppelin, you’ll know I love two things more than anything else—beer and robots. Incidentally, it should come as no surprise to you that one of my favorite sci-fi shows of all time is Futurama if for no other reason than it has an alcoholic, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking robot (also the original seasons might be the greatest animated work of our time).

Fortunately, this year’s OWA fest—in addition to changing to a more beer-friendly venue—kicks off with the Israeli sci-fi comedy OMG, I’M A ROBOT?! which I’m sure will set the tone for yet another unforgettable cinematic experience. The feature film debut of Tal Goldberg and Gal Zelezniak, OMG I’M A ROBOT?! is the story of Danny, who tries to commit suicide after his girlfriend Noa leaves him. Unbeknownst to Danny, he is actually a robot—more specifically an indestructible war machine capable of shooting laser beams. He soon learns that Noa did not, in fact, walk out on him, but instead was kidnapped by a mysterious organization who may or may not hold the secrets to Danny’s origins. Will he save the girl? Will he figure out why he’s a robot? Is that a gorram Menorah gun?

I guess you’ll have to come out Friday to find out the answers to these questions for yourself at Other Worlds Austin 2016.

In the meantime, check out the hilarious and action-packed trailer for OMG, I’m A ROBOT?!

Now, as someone who has yet to miss an Other Worlds Austin festival—though I’ve been terribly remiss in attending their year-round programming—I can safely say that half the fun is in discovering films for yourself and then talking about them for hours on end with your fellow festival goers. While I’m inclined to dive into a preview of each and every feature film and short playing in this year’s festival, I’m simply going to leave you with this advice (and the list of films I intend to see so we can drink together):

The dedicated team over at OWA has worked tirelessly to put together the most diverse programming to date, and I guarantee that there is something (and probably several somethings) for everyone at this year’s festival. There will be some tough choices—particularly when you have to choose between the UnderWorld Shorts and the Texas premiere of Battledream Chronicle—but rest assured knowing you will leave satisfied and hungry for more world-class science fiction. Also if you miss anything, check Netflix in the following months. Many of the films screened at previous festivals have found a home on the more popular streaming services.

Here are just a few of the films I’m most excited for this year.

Dark Star (1974)

John Carpenter | USA | 83 min

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Eric C. Kenton | USA | 70 min

(World premiere of an original score by Jay Woelfel with the composer in attendance)

Somnio (Texas Premiere)

Travis Milloy | USA | 103 min

I, for one, have had my film itinerary set since the day OWA released their find round of programming, so look for the Drive-in Zeppelin team in the following screenings. Our newest addition to the crew—Airman Glock—will also be in attendance, so look for him too!

Friday:

  • OMG I’M A ROBOT?! (Beta Theater)
  • Sci-Fi Shorts: How to Recognize a Monster (Beta Theater)

Saturday:

  • UWA: Under World Shorts (Alpha Theater)
  • Ghost Rockets (Beta Theater)
  • Dark Star (Alpha Theater)
  • UWA Centerpiece: We Go on (Alpha Theater)
  • Somnio (Alpha Theater)

Sunday:

  • Sci-Fi Shorts: Tomorrow’s Hearts Broken Today (Alpha Theater)
  • Island of Lost Souls (Beta Theater)
  • Domain (Alpha Theater)
  • The Unseen (Either Theater)

For a full list of showtimes and a summary of films (including trailers and other features), please visit the Other Worlds Austin website.

FULL SPEED AHEAD! DON’T MISS THIS UNFORGETTABLE FESTIVAL

Editor’s Note:

You’ll have to pardon our mess. The Drive-in Zeppelin website is in the early stages of getting a makeover, and it doesn’t look particularly pretty when you venture outside the newer reviews and articles. We apologize for any inconvenience. That being said, be sure to check out some of our other reviews and past OWA coverage.

Past OWA Reviews
Call Girl of Cthulhu
Midnight Swim
Nightmare Code
The Quiet Hour

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