Feature Films: 2012
For years, people have been making home movies, many times using pop culture properties that they may not own, but love. In recent years, these types of projects have come to be known as “fanfilms.” Backyard Blockbusters looks at the history and influence of the fanfilm genre, as well as the copyright and fair use problems these films create, featuring highlights from and interviews with the creators of many popular films.119 min
It all begins with a trip to pick up daddy from the airport. On the way, things take a … bad turn, and the Maguire family is trapped while fleeing a tornado. They believe they’re all alone in that storm cellar. They aren’t. And whatever is in there with them means to take them one at a time.
Michi, a high school girl with a seemingly perfect life—loving parents, popularity, average grades—one day finds herself wanting to end her own life. When Michi reveals a big secret to her best friend, Haruna, she is betrayed by her. The one person she has trusted most has turned on her and Michi becomes the target of bullies at school. Blinded by her agony and hurt, Michi stumbles onto a suicide chat room where she exchanges stories with others in similar situations. After spending time on the site she is asked “Would you like to replay?” Michi impulsively presses “yes” which catapults her on a quest to her own death in the suicide game, “Re: Play-Girls.”
Gamers. Geeks. Heroes.
A group of dysfunctional government employees find themselves responsible for shooting down asteroids that are headed for earth. The cast includes Felicia Day, Jason Mewes, Doug Jones, Robert Picardo, and Garrett Wang
Parker, a saxophonist, leaves a comfortable life to play music in the dangerous Ganymede City. During a riot against slavery, debt slave, Naia, rescues Parker from one of the regime’s thugs. They fall fast in love and form a band. Naia is soon discovered by a talent agent, and Parker is tossed aside. What is every performer’s dream soon turns into a living Hell as Naia is enslaved again, this time by stardom. Parker must risk everything to rescue her.
An animated, sci-fi, lesbian, musical of debt slaves, spaceships, and saxophones.
The amazing cast includes Juliet Landau, Tim Curry, Claudia Black, Ron Glass, Tara Strong, Cree Summer, Alan Tudyk, Claudia Christian, Michael Dorn, and George Takei
Zero Killed delves into the minds of seemingly average people who agree to participate in video dramatizations of their darkest desires to murder another human being. This documentary revisits the horror through interviews with these would-be-killers and clips of the dramatizations made ten years before. Zero Killed depicts how violence takes place on both camera and in our minds.80 min