Short Film: NOMADIC CLOUD, 5min., Sci-Fi/Animation

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From the point of view of a small robot, this video seeks to tell the story starting from the launch of SLS to the future city of Mars.

This video showcases our attempt to develop the fundamental designs and technological ideas necessary to manufacture an off-world habitat using mission recycled materials and local indigenous materials. Our habitat will accommodate a NASA crew of four, who will be the first humans ever to step foot on Mars.

The Nomadic cloud is a movable lightweight structure that can be used as an exploration equipment as well as a living space. The structures and the skin of the habitat will be made with either 3D-Printed aerographite or graphene membrane, which can be produced from Mars directly using tools brought from Earth (copper), combined with water, methane and hydrogen that can be either found or produced on Mars. The habitat will use water as the fundamental material to change the stiffness of our structure depending on its state – from ice to gas.

The video commenced with a glimpse of the Mar’s future populated with habitat. After the SLS launched, the manned and retrofitted Orion spacecraft will begin its extensive journey to Mars. During the journey, the robot will oversee the construction of the Nomadic Cloud using tools that were brought to Mars prior to this manned launch. The habitat will be ready when the astronauts arrived after a year-long voyage.

Nomadic Cloud can change its form and function based on its needs – Settle Mode, Exploration Mode and Moving Mode.

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Short Film: NOW, 16min, USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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A computer scientist in the near future analyzes his girlfriends memories only to discover a haunting truth that he’s desperate to cover up.

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Director BIO – Roth Rind (THIS IS FINE)

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Director Statement

Life is a movie made up of a million narratives. It’s genre defined by the dramatic interactions we encounter, wrapped in adventure, fear, heartbreak, love, crisis, success and failure. It’s theme is forever constant, and yet fluid. It’s a journey where the only guide is a faded map and ‘x’ marks the ever-shifting spot. It’s penned in black with a mantle of red notes where the character seeks the knowledge of what matters most.

The call sheet varies from day-to-day where some characters play the featured and others support the play. They span the spectrum of color, age and physique, but their role is not defined. They are the masters of sentiment both for self and patrons, unpredictable but clear. The cast list welcomes new faces seeking a purpose, and inevitably says farewell to favorites that have reached ‘The End.’

In a flash the movie is over with a final image of the lead riding off the edge of the setting sun… but when the credits roll and the lights come up to the remnants of popcorn seeds and candy wrappers, a mark remains. A mark of warmth, of sadness, of absolution, and of understanding. This mark is carried by the players who brought it to the silver screen and the audience who dared to pay the ticket price.

So let’s make a movie with a story of life in hopes that together we leave a mark that lasts.

Short Film: LIFE OR DEATH DEBATES, 6min., USA, Sci-Fi

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The future’s greatest gameshow: two convicts, 120 seconds, and one chance to debate for their lives – all on live television. Tune into this weeks episode, and prepare for a wild ride. Today’s debate topic will have you reeling.

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SCREENPLAY MOVIE: Robots From Neptune, by J. David Thayer

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Matt Barnes
Danielle Nicole
Geoff Mays
Val Cole

They want our garbage. They can’t have it.

Deep within the icy cloud layers of Neptune live the X-tonians: a mighty race of silicone-based lifeforms who regularly breathe a toxic mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. However, their world is dying. The factories of their highly industrialized society continually belch great plumes of clean air into the atmosphere bringing the X-Tonian race to the brink of extinction. In desperation, His Majesty King XYY9Z3 dispatches his horde of Receptacle Robots to Earth. Their mission: to liberate and harvest all of our garbage, toxic waste, and pollution, leaving a wake of clean destruction behind. And you might think we’d be okay with all that.

Writer Biography – J. David Thayer

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Elementary school principal living in Texas. Working on several novels and short stories. Published in The First Line Literary Journal.


Writer Statement


It occurred to me about five years ago that we really needed a new robot invasion movie, but not one that was in any way believable. The golden age of science fiction was a time when we still believed that the solar system might actually harbor advanced civilizations. We transferred our Red Scare paranoia over to the safer alien and/or robot invasions scenarios in order to vent pent-up anxiety–much like today’s zombie apocalypse phenomenon acts as a somewhat silly substitute for the very real fear of total societal collapse underpinning its appeal.

Put another way, I miss the silly robot invasion genre. I wanted to write a script that harkens back to that time, and I failed. I ended up writing something else instead. I wasn’t even setting out to make an animated film, but that is clearly what ROBOTS FROM NEPTUNE is. Two more scripts are also underway: RFN2: The Venus Casino and RFN3: Pax Neptunia. I hope you enjoy the first installment.

Winning Sci-fi SHORT Screenplay Reading of STUCK by Katy Erin


NARRATION – Brian Carleton
Angelica (20s black) – 100 – Bree Ali
Grant (f 30s) – 92 – Stephanie Herrera


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch