Now that you’re done binging on Black Mirror and Westworld, it’s good to know there’s a sci-fi film fest in the not-so-distant future. The New York Science Fiction Film Festival launches next Friday, January 20, and brings an intriguing slate of films to downtown venues like the Roxy Hotel Cinema and Anthology Film Archives. The schedule promises UFO cults, zombie attacks, breath mint ads for vampires, apocalyptic viruses, murderous humanoid robots, android clones of Philip K. Dick, and Winston Churchill battling Nazis with a group of time-traveling super scientists. There’s even a 360 VR experience simulating a Bohemian Grove-esque virgin sacrifice, set to music by These Machines Are Winning. Okay, then!
The fest is being launched by filmmaker and producer Daniel Abella, founder of the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, the fifth installation of which comes to Cinema Village East in March. While much of the programming consists of shorts, there are a few features in the mix. Premieres include the U.S. debut of Marcos Machado’s extraterrestrial romp UFO’s in Zacapa (watch the trailer above); the NYC premiere of Marco Checa Garcia’s 2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be, based on the Kurt Vonnegut story about an aging-free future in which population levels are controlled via a Federal Bureau of Termination; and the East Coast premiere of Ian Truitner’s Teleios, about a space rescue mission.
You can peep the rest of the lineup and snag tickets here.