5 Cool Sci-Fi Shorts From the 2018 Philip K. Dick Film Festival

Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 11:22AM
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 11:22AM
5 Cool Sci-Fi Shorts From the 2018 Philip K. Dick Film Festival
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This weekend marks the annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival, a collection of sci-fi shorts and feature films all inspired by the works of (take a guess) legendary author Philip K. Dick, which are screening at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan, New York.

The festival is currently in full swing, but here are some cerebral short films from around the world that pay homage to PKD's work:

Metta Via:

METTA VIA teaser trailer (2018) from Warren Flanagan on Vimeo.

One of the more abstract short films (but not the most abstract, we're getting to that one), there's a lot of ways to look at Metta Via, but director Warren Flanagan explained at the festival that the short is all about creating a visual interpretation of pure consciousness, combining a lot of spiritual concepts like chakras into a science fiction environment full of synthetic humans and spaceships.

But however you look at it, the film is absolutely beautiful, and the colorful science fiction imagery is worth it alone.


PROGRAM - teaser trailer from Gabriel de Urioste on Vimeo.

Gabriel De Urioste's short film Program is a simple concept, about a lover trying to revisit someone that they lost a long time ago using a virtual world. Many of the details never get fully explained (which tends to be the case in short films), but the emotions are very clear and the film keeps a bleak but fascinating atmosphere throughout.

The Super Recogniser:

The Super Recogniser TEASER from Jennifer Sheridan on Vimeo.

Starring actor Jacob Anderson, which many Game of Thrones fans will recognize as Grey Worm, The Super Recogniser from director Jennifer Sheridan follows a man named Scott who is extremely good at facial recognition, and is put to work identifying terrorists for the government. But things get a little more complicated when he starts seeing his own face on the monitors.

It's a tense story that, as always, doesn't explain everything, but it reveals just enough to show that something has gone very wrong in Scott's world. And it shows that unlike his other character Grey Worm, Anderson can actually be pretty chatty when he's actually given a lot of dialogue to say.

December 17:

DECEMBER 17 (TRAILER) from Yuji Hariu on Vimeo.

This short film from director Yuji Hariu is a little less flashy than the other entries on this list, but it's no less poignant. December 17 focuses on a Japanese family with two sons, the older of which gets to play outside and eat whatever he wants, while the younger son is forced to stay indoors and follow a strict diet.

As it turns out, there are some ethically dubious things about the nature of the younger son, which his parents soon begin to feel guilty about. 

Methane Momma:

Methane Momma (Trailer) from Alain Rimbert on Vimeo.

This would be the aforementioned most abstract entry we referred to earlier, and it is a trip to watch. Narrated by famous filmmaker and actor Melvin Van Peebles, Methane Momma is a psychedelic journey from director Alain Rimbert that follows an astronaut exploring the cosmos long after Earth has been destroyed, who comes across an unusual alien discovery that mutates him and changes the course of his life.

Methane Momma is mostly told through narration from Van Peebles over custom footage of CGI space visuals, and the movie definitely has some arthouse vibes to it, but it's a fun story. And it's one that doesn't take itself too seriously once you get past the eccentric way in which the story is told.

You can see more entries playing at the 2018 Philip K. Dick Film Festival on their website.
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