2020 Sci-Fi-London Film Festival, 2020 SciFi Film Festival
Justin Moretto, Eric Schultz, Thomas Torrey
Dana Ashbrook, Paton Ashbrook, Sathya Sridharan
Justin Moretto, Ross O'Connor, Eric Schultz, Nicolai Schwarzkopf, Thomas Torrey
James Codoyannis, Christopher Radcliff
Join us after the screening at 11:20pm for a live Q&A with Director Eric Schultz, Writer Thomas Torrey, Writer Justin Moretto, Actors Sathya Sridharan, Paton Ashbrook and Dana Ashbrook
Attempting to surpass his father's legacy and pressured by an old colleague (Dana Ashbrook of TWIN PEAKS), a reclusive neuroscientist becomes entangled in his own risky experiment. Ethan (Sathya Sridharan) has now locked himself in his home with his ex-girlfriend Allie (Paton Ashbrook) and the two navigate trauma, ambition, and missteps of the past. Diving headfirst into the uncharted equations of the brain, they realize that there is more at stake than just their relationship or Ethan’s reputation. With time quickly running out, he is forced to face off against the darker sides of himself while frantically attempting to solve an enigma that lies within his subconscious.
NYC filmmaker Eric Schultz’s striking feature debut, after having co-produced such acclaimed works as JAMES WHITE, KATIE SAYS GOODBYE and THE STRANGE ONES, MINOR PREMISE is a brilliantly constructed science-fiction drama that resonates with particular poignancy in our quasi-quarantined times. PREMISE’s pacing is both vibrant and dynamic, stylistically dancing through the inner workings of an individual in a way that is insightful, exciting and exhilarating. Schultz weaves a web of self-discovery with his characters revealing sincere and unvarnished portrait of a young man. Sathya Sridharan’s acting prowess as Ethan makes this film a force to be reckoned with. He is dazzling, demonstrating his range and giving a unique twist to the sci-fi leading man. Unlock the puzzle that is MINOR PREMISE and confront a plethora of fascinating questions of self and psyche. – Justin Langlois
Noah Hutton’s speculative LAPSIS is an alt-present sci-fi thriller most relevant to the horror of our current, late-capitalist moment.
Anthony Scott Burns
Dreams twist. Nightmares come true. A distinctive and compelling work of dark science fiction/horror that haunts the space between wakefulness and sleep.
The film's narrators maneuver through a deserted, crumbling, grayish-blue city, gathering bodies as they go and sharing nightmarish stories of a long-ago abandoned past.