“The Secret Number” by Colin Levy – “A psychiatrist is compelled by his patient, an institutionalized mathematician, to consider the existence of a secret integer between three and four. Doctor Simon Tomlin, a psychiatrist in a mental hospital, has a disturbing conversation with one of his patients– a brilliant mathematician named Ersheim, who intends to prove the existence of a secret integer between three and four. Tomlin is compelled to dig deeper, but he only uncovers more questions. When Ersheim mysteriously disappears from the hospital, Tomlin realizes that their fates are deeply entwined.”
“Rocketman” by Nicholas Colla – “Harry, a troubled young boy with a vivid imagination wants to fight the forces of evil like his television hero, the Star Ship Captain. When he meets the athletic but slightly awkward Jordan, the two boys set a plan in motion to defeat the forces of evil and save the day. Set in Melbourne in the late 1970‘s, this is the story of a suburban Space Captain, his Lieutenant, the Rocket they built and the heroes they become.”
“97%” by Ben Brand – “Via an app on his phone, Bert discovers that a 97% love match is near. Will he find her before the subway reaches the end of the line?”
“The Space Between Us VFX Short Film” by The Space Between Us Team – “1983: an atomic war has polluted the air and raised the sea level to such a height that it reaches the mountaintops. Mankind tries to survive with the help of oxygen masks; breathing from tanks on their backs. High up in the mountains they have built a research centre in search of gills suited for mankind, so they can breathe freely once again and start a new life under water. However, they soon found out that they needed a gill different from the species known to man. They had to find the most human-like creature of the sea: a merman, which they called, a sea ape. The Scientific theories about these sea-apes were not much different from the fantasies or the fairytales about the mermen. In the end, it was accepted that this sort of beast could never be found. So the research continued, without any directions, without any real hope. They just kept “researching”, cutting into every species they could find. Trying to make it work while knowing its impossibility. But then, one day, when all hope seemed to be lost, the ‘Adam’ is brought inside: the savior of mankind.”
A film about Carl Sagan, Annie Druyan and a love letter they sent to the stars
In the summer of 1977, NASA sent Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 on an epic journey into interstellar space. Each of the Voyager probes carries a golden record, a compilation of images and sounds meant to represent our planet to any distant civilisations that should encounter them. ‘The launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet,’ said Carl Sagan, the golden record’s co-creator. Sagan met and fell madly in love with his future wife Ann Druyan while working on the golden record. The project became their love letter to humankind and to each other.
“FIGHT FOR SPACE” is a documentary film that asks, why haven’t we gone back to the Moon, or sent humans to Mars? Weren’t we supposed to be there in the 80s? What lead to the decline of NASA’s budget and why is it stuck in low earth orbit?
Filmed over the course of 4 years, Fight for Space is the product of thousands of Kickstarter supporters who believed that the exploration of space is worth fighting for. Over 60 interviews were conducted with astronauts, politicians, educators, historians, scientists, former NASA officials, commercial space entrepreneurs, and many other experts in the space community. It is a film like no other that tackles issues no other documentary has touched, featuring newly restored 35mm and 16mm footage from the National Archives NASA collection.
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival
Announces Fifth Anniversary Event Over 100 Film Screenings, Premieres and Events Will Be Held May 25-30, 2017 — Festival Launches New Special Guest Panel Series PKD Talks: Conversations with Luminaries, Visionaries and Mavericks —
(New York City, N.Y.) April 13, 2017 — The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the full lineup for its fifth annual event from May 25-30, 2017. This year’s anniversary program will spotlight over 100 films, exclusive premieres, discussions, virtual reality demonstrations and celebratory gatherings as the festival continues its everlasting tribute to the master of science fiction, Philip K. Dick.
For the past five years, The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has exhibited quality independent sci-fi for audiences who crave new innovative pathways of expression. The festival supports freethinking filmmakers equipped with the knowledge of our world, brave enough to see beyond the barriers of existence and who give to an art form that unites the masses.
Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the festival, enthused about this year’s milestone event and the high-caliber official selections.
“I am very excited to present this year’s fifth annual festival in our home of New York City. The lineup includes films from throughout the world and represents talent across all backgrounds and beliefs.” Abella added, “Science fiction continues to entertain but also inform us about current and future trends and it is our mission to bring together likeminded people tied by a common purpose to remain human in a world of progressive dehumanization.”
While praising the works and prophecies of the festival’s namesake, Abella said,
“Philip K. Dick’s message is that in spite of forces marshaled against the human spirit, both political and technological, humanity can prevail if we find the will and determination to pave a better future. This festival represents his voice.”