Today, we shine the HOLLYWOOD SPOTLIGHT on Science fiction film. It may not be everybody’s favorite genre, but it’s certainly one of mine. After all, some of the all-time greatest movies have been science fiction, from STAR WARS and BACK TO THE FUTURE, and their many episodes, to AVATAR, and DISTRICT 9 as well as dozens of classics over the past decade alone.
According to Wikipedia, Science fiction film is a film genre that uses science fiction: speculative, science-based depictions of phenomena that are not necessarily accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial life forms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, often along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar space travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition.
Early science fiction can be traced back to Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon in 1902, which dazzled audiences with photographic tricks that laid the foundation for special effects. In 1927, the film Metropolis became the first feature length science fiction film. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 landmark 2001: A Space Odyssey, placed the science fiction genre on a new platform, earning new fans. In the late 1970s, big-budget science fiction films filled with special effects became popular with audiences after the success of Star Wars and paved the way for the blockbuster hits of subsequent decades.
Because if its cost factors and creative challenges, science fiction has not been an easy genre for independent filmmakers to create. One of the best places to catch loads of good films in the science fiction genre is at science fiction films festivals. There are festivals held around the world throughout the year, including the Sci-Fi London, the Boston Science Fiction Film festival, the Phillip K. Dick Science fiction film festival; Lille France, the Science fiction and Fantasy Film Fest in Seattle, and most recently, the Miami International Science Fiction Festival in Miami.
Sci-Fi lands in Miami
When I heard about a press screening for the Miami International Science Fiction Festival, I re-arranged my calendar to get there to get an advanced peek at a few films they planned to screen. After all, these are films that may not get major distribution, but deserve to be seen. Dust of War was one such film. The post-apocalyptic setting where the bad guys run amok was pretty entertaining. Big props to Troy Millard and his partners, and festival team for bringing the event to sunny Miami in the dead of winter.
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