Dystopia on Our Doorstep
Dystopia on Our Doorstep
From global political cacophony to record-breakingly grim milestones in climate change, to the sharpest increase in U.S. murders since 1971, due in no small part to police brutality against black men, 2016 has been a year rife with tumult and tinged, some may contend, with a tenor of the edge-of-the-apocalypse. As the year draws to a close, Dystopia on Our Doorstep (DOOD) contemplates the proximity of the dystopic future typically seen in science fiction to daily experiences with the digital deluges, ruptured nation-states and harsh environmental conditions (both climate and economic) in many modern lives. Each DOOD film delves into a distinct facet of dystopia: singularity and self-delusion in the snapchat era (Uncle Kent 2), the surreal conditions of post-apocalyptic romance in Ethiopia (Crumbs), the ruinous beauty of hidden places scattered across the world, already abandoned by humans (Homo Sapiens), the postmodern proletariat struggle of a pig and his pals (Babe: Pig in the City), and surveillance and conspiracy brewing deep in the remote forests of Maine (For the Plasma).
Nov 09, 2016
(Todd Rohal, USA, 2015, DCP, 73 min)
What if the the world ended while you were texting into the void from the least popular booth at Comic-Con? In Todd Rohal's most delightfully meta and nihilistically hilarious film to date, the genre-jumping anti-sequel to Joe Swanberg’s post-mumblecore feature Uncle Kent, Kent embarks, sequel-less, to Comic-Con in San Diego, which rapidly turns into his psychological unraveling -- or the apocalypse -- you pick.
Nov 18 - Nov 19, 2016
(Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Switzerland / Germany / Austria, 2016, DCP, 94 min)
Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to consider what human impact on the world looks like once we’re gone. What will remain of our lives?
Nov 18, 2016
(Miguel Llansó, Ethiopia / Spain / Finland, 2015, DCP, 68 min)
The best apocalyptic settings are enigmatic. Where not only human society, but even the rules of reality seem to have been cracked open and reassembled in the wrong order. Crumbs, a striking new post-apocalyptic film, falls into this category, while offering a unique, visually arresting slant on what the world looks like post-civilization.
Nov 20 - Nov 23, 2016
(George Miller, Australia, 1998, DCP, 97 min)
Babe: Pig in the City is George Miller’s (of Mad Max fame) dark, surrealist follow-up to the Australian family hit. In the sequel, Babe leaves his idyllic farm for the sprawling metropolis; Miller's urban landscape is a dystopic, overwhelming, frightening, chaotic, and sometimes cruel place for the animal proletariat.
Nov 26, 2016
(Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, US, 2014, DCP, 94 min)
In a remote house in Maine, two old friends analyze CCTV footage of the surrounding forest to predict shifts in global financial markets. For the Plasma juxtaposes pastoral imagery with surveillance technology, all set to an out-there score by legendary video game composer Keiichi Suzuki of the Earthbound series, and every shade and shadow captured in gorgeous 16mm.