Director Biography – Allen Colombo (ONE OF THEIR OWN)

b. 1975 Charleston SC.

Thesis film at Northwestern University won the Special Jury Award at South By Southwest.

Spent six weeks in Gobi desert photographing Buddhist cave paintings to create virtual reality archive of ancient religious site.

Moved to Los Angeles in 2002, landed in post at Miramax, assisted Pietro Scalia, worked with directors Danny DeVito, John Dahl and Wes Craven. Shifted to editing then directing commercial work.

In 2015 co-founded Effie Studios, which produces commercials and original content.

Directed projects for Amazon, Marvel, LG, NFL and NASA.

Made Alien Anthology entry Last Signs of Life, released by 20th Century Fox August 2019.

Latest film One of Their Own combines motion capture and live action to tell the story of a digital boy who gets into trouble trying to fit in with the human kids.

Shot on a walnut farm with six kids and a crew of three, the film was created using a mocap pipeline developed in-house at Effie, and was written, directed and animated by Colombo (and to paraphrase Slaughterhouse-5 “That was I. That was me. That was the author of this bio”).


Director Statement

In August 2010, Microsoft released the Kinect, a desktop motion capture device with a price of $100. It was designed to work only with Xbox games, but within 24 hours a worldwide hacking contest produced a digital patch to hook the Kinect straight into your Mac. Blogs like KinectHacks.com popped up, showing people interacting with digital models in real time— a puppeteer controlling a digital parrot with hand gestures, a programmer spinning a digital teacup on his finger. My mind boggled. What if you could puppet digital humans in the same way– for $100 on your desktop, using open source software? I’ve spent the last decade learning how to do this, and this film is the result. Thank you for watching.

Director Biography – Deepanshu Singh (WICKED TRAILS)

Deepanshu Singh is an independent self-taught filmmaker from India. He lives and works in Delhi as a Computer Programmer & has an immense passion in the field of Quantum Physics, A.I and Cinematic Arts.

Although he never planned to become a filmmaker, nor does he lives around people in such fields, he often finds certain films making way into his thought for months and forever. Especially the films which takes advantage of the imaginative potential of the brain & the deceptive nature of storytelling that transcends you into other worlds.

He has been imagining and indulging himself in the melancholic Neo-noir world of ‘Wicked Trails’ for years without any purpose, and now crafting a small part of that world in a form outside his mind is pure excitement.

Director Statement

I have been living in the rainy melancholic fictional world of “Wicked Trails” for several years in my head. And I wanted to give it a physical form, with the music & cinematography that I have been associating with the visuals.

I thought of it as a video game for a long time, thinking a lot in terms of level design, plot, aesthetics, and game mechanics. It’s been only since last year that I saw potential in the story alone & me wanting to see, at least some of it, on the big screen.

As a first-time filmmaker of any kind, it was so much fun & challenge making this no-budget film with all the typical indie no-budget film hustle, right from the first draft of the screenplay, location scouting, casting, filming & countless nights of editing on my laptop while working as a computer programmer during the day.

Taken from a short story series “From a future, we’ll never know” that I wrote several years ago, this 1-hour film (“Wicked Trails”) is taken from Chapter 3 of the book,
covering a few aspects from the full screenplay to adapt to a no-budget film.

Feature Film: WICKED TRAILS, 61min., India

Set in a neo-noir universe, a father must trigger a chain of events in order to live in a reality where his daughter is still alive while an amateur actor from a far advanced reality gets stuck in this world.

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SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading: An Absolute Mind, by Lauren Lola

A young woman with a genetically evolved, cognitive ability is transported to a secret island, for her protection. But upon learning the real forces in charge of the island, she steps up and leads a revolution to take action against inaction.

Based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Lola.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Geoff Mays
Sonya: Hannah Ehman
Gian: Allan Michael Brunet

Writer Biography – Lauren Lola

Lauren Lola is a San Francisco Bay Area-based author, freelance writer, playwright, and screenwriter. She graduated from California State University, East Bay where she earned her B.A. in Communication and a minor in Theatre. She is the author of “An Absolute Mind” and “A Moments Worth.” Lauren has also had writing featured on The Nerds of Color, CAAMedia, PBS, YOMYOMF, Multiracial Media, Kollaboration, and other outlets and publications.

Lauren has written plays that have been produced at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco and has work included in the Zoom Plays collection at the Project Y Theatre Company in New York. She recently made her screenwriting debut with the short film, “Breath of Writing,” from Asiatic Productions.

SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Script Reading: Strike Of Artemis, by Brandon Haynes

A black woman kidnapped at a young age by aliens, trying to find her place back on Earth where she has become an alien herself.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Geoff Mays
Agent Wayne: Shawn Devlin
Mom/Regina: Julie Sheppard
Random 4/Guard (one line)/Noah: Allan Michael Brunet
India: Hannah Ehman
Random 3/Doctor Sean Ballantyne
Random 1 and 2: Matthew Camp

Writer Biography – Brandon Haynes

Brandon Haynes is an awarding winning narrative and commercial cinematographer and director based in Brooklyn, NY. He started his creative journey as a photographer in 2009 and fell in love with cinematography after attending Denver’s SeriesFest in 2016. Teaching himself the rules and tricks of the trade, he now blends the worlds of music, fashion, and sports with his love for TV and cinema. His drive to continually perfect his craft, and capture a striking balance of color and shadow, has allowed him to shoot for a diverse array of clients including Hennessy, Uptown Magazine, Adidas, Essence Magazine, BET, Volkswagen, Doordash, Facebook, and Google. In 2020, he made his narrative directorial debut with the short film “Carol Crawford”. The early reception of the film has been positive, including numerous awards and nominations for Best First Time Director & Best Cinematography from the likes of the Los Angeles Cinematography Awards, Canadian Cinematography Awards, and Couch Film Festival.

SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Script Reading: LOST PLANET, by Thomas Thorpe


Following discovery of a nanometer-sized memory storage device within an asteroid fragment, a scientist hastens to understand holograms left on a doomed planet and is horrified to learn that Earth is about to encounter a similar fate.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Sydney: Allison Kampf
Jess: Steve Rizzo
Taller One/Nabiel: Allan Michael Brunet
Editor: Matthew Camp

Writer Biography – Thomas Thorpe

Thomas Thorpe was the Project Manager of NASA’s highly successful Mars Global Surveyor Mission – conducting day to day operations of a spacecraft in Mars orbit for nine years. In addition to managing Mars Missions, he has published seven best-selling mystery thrillers which he has adapted into screenplays. As a screenwriter, he has placed and won over 20 film festivals including 5 wins for Escape to Planet B346.

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: DECEMBER 2020 SCI-FI/FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST SCI-FI FILM: ODYSSEY OMEGA
BEST CRIME/THRILLER FILM: IMAGINARY FRIEND
BEST ACTION FILM: THE LAST PIZZA
BEST PERFORMANCES: RETRIEVAL
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ZEALANDIA
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: EMBLEM

Theme of night: Changing conventional thought.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterZEALANDIA
13min.
New Zealand
Sci-Fi
festival posterCURIOSITY
5min.
USA
Sci-Fi/Horror
festival posterWORLDLINE ABYSS
3min.
UK
Sci-Fi/Experimental
festival posterRETRIEVAL
10min.
USA
Sci-Fi/Action
festival posterDARK DAY
7min.
USA
Thriller/Crime
festival posterEMBLEM
25min.
USA
Action/Sci-Fi
festival posterTHE LAST PIZZA
7min.
China
Action/Comedy
festival posterFUJIYAMA
9min.
USA
Action/Crime
festival posterIMAGINARY FRIEND
16min.
USA
Crime/Thriller
ODYSSEY OMEGA
24min.
USA
Mystery/Sci-Fi

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo