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2017 Origins Film Festival Official Selections

A Promise of Time Travel
Sci-Fi Feature – 1:28:00 – USA
Thursday, June 15th – 4:30pm

A chance encounter with an estranged childhood friend draws a bookstore clerk into a plot to steal a time machine. But as she confronts the ghosts of her past, she makes a discovery that has dire implications for her future.

All Your Base: Last of Last
Gaming Short – 3:33 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 4:00pm

“All Your Base: Last of Last” is a monumental stupendous three-dimensional animated science fiction steampunk comedy mock trailer parody spoof short film final-remake of “All Your Base Are Belong To Us”.

Beacon: A New World
Sci-Fi Short – 29:14 – USA
Friday, June 16th – 9:30pm

Set four years after an Alien Invasion of our planet, a young girl must overcome her fears to save her father from a group of desperate survivors…

Destroy Madrid
Sci-Fi Short – 9:29 – Spain
Saturday, June 17th – 7:30pm

Madrid, 2030. In a world ravaged by the fight between goverments and citizens, one member of the resistance has got a mysterious device that can finally end the war. Will he escape from the drones that guard the city?

Gamer’s Table: Gil Hova
Gaming Short – 16:29 – USA
(Exhibition Only)

Thursday, June 15th – 9:30pm

A look into the process of indie game designer Gil Hova of Formal Ferret Games, creator of The Networks, Wordsy, Battle Merchants, Bad Medicine, and many more!

Fantasy Short – 11:07 – Taiwan
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

ToTo by accident opened a device that transformed a chessboard into a Space Door. So, he and Ahya could become anything they wanted, going anywhere they wished. They fought with each other while playing out many different roles. This means they would be locked within, unable to escape. HeavenKid used his magic to awaken them teaching them the book Di-Zi-Gui. Finally, having learned their wrongs and  corrected their ways, they avert the crisis.

I Put My Low Stat
Gaming Short – 5:17 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 4:00pm

I Put My Low Stat is a live action music video for the song of the same name which appeared on Mary Crowell’s Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories (2012). It tells the sad and hilarious tale of what happens to characters in a D&D 3.5 campaign once they have assigned a low dice roll number to one of their ability scores. The video stars Mary Crowell, Simon Crowell, Wesley Crowell, Andrew Foxx, Caleb Jaco, Sean Jaco, and Shelby Jaco.

Illegal Aliens
Sci-Fi Short – 10:00 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 7:30pm

Due to the recent arrival of undocumented immigrants, the city of Simpletown holds a special session city council meeting to determine if the town should officially ban the newcomers.

Kansay’s Glorious Death
Fantasy Short – 00:51 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

Kansay the Spider faces the demigod Tesshin at the Iron Gate. The Spider is one of 99 assassins sent to unleash Hell upon Earth from beyond the grave. “Kansay’s Glorious Death” is the first chapter in Kansay’s quest for power and revenge. Hell 99 follows the separate stories of 99 assassins. Each negotiate a variety of terms to perish from their mortal existence and descend into the many hells to seek out a target so big that it may unravel reality as we know it.

Mr. Dentonn
Fantasy Short – 9:00 – Spain
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura´s body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.

Patient 62
Sci-Fi Feature – 1:20:00 – Canada
Friday, June 16th – 9:30pm

Wracked by nightmares as he searches for his estranged sister, Lucas Chance stumbles upon a ring of human trafficking and genetic experimentation only to realize the dreams he’s having are not his own.

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys
Sci-Fi Feature – 1:10:00 – USA
(Exhibition Only)
Saturday, June 17th – 2:30pm

Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts and authors like Stephen Sansweet and Gus Lopez, and of course collectors, Plastic Galaxy looks at Star Wars toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

Submerge: Ni’re Reborn
Sci-Fi Short – 30:25 – USA
Thursday, June 15th – 4:00pm

Ni’re is still trapped in the world of Submerge. Trying to get out of this world, she now runs into a seemingly unstoppable force. Will Raz the leader of the Vermillion Warriors prevent her from escaping? Will she find her daughter? The saga continues!

The Gaelic Curse
Fantasy Feature – 1:26:12 – Ireland
Thursday, June 15th – 7:30pm

A family movie – The story centers around an ancient curse that finds its way into two unlikely characters in modern day Ireland. Through a series of mystical events and awkward and comical circumstances, they find love and eventually fulfill their destiny.

WINNER, Best Fantasy Film

Fantasy Short – 17:44 – France
Friday, June 15th – 2:00pm

Captain Justice and his team of great heroes were once the protectors of Cosmopolis and adored by all citizens. After having put in jail their sworn enemy, the Scarman, they decide to put masks and capes in the wardrobe to retire. Now 70 years old Captain Justice is leading a normal life. But this old hero intends to resume service proving to all that his age is not an obstacle!

The Sucker (Le Pigeon)
Gaming Short – 22:10 – France
Saturday, June 17th – 4:00pm

The owner of a poker room suspects one of the players of cheating. Hiring an expert magician at manipulating cards, he vies to unmask and expose the cheater and his tricks…

Tilting at Skyscrapers
Gaming Short – 8:15 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 4:00pm

When a gamer is overcome by his obsession, his neighbor must shepherd him home.

Ye Most Excellent and Adventuresome True Historie of Yorick
Fantasy Short – 9:31 – Canada
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

A quirky bio-narrative “mini-epic” featuring the post-Hamlet exploits of Yorick (as in “Alas, poor”), and his attempts to fulfill his dreams of adventure by using his both his wits and his rather unique skills. Irreverent and off-center anachronistic humour from the one-person studio “Seat of the Pants Film Lab”.

Akemi and Tarou
Fantasy Short – 3:59 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

Inspired by the Japanese tales of the kitsune, Akemi and Tarou follows the antics of a dog, Tarou, chasing a fox, Akemi, only for the fox to suddenly disappear. Magical hijinks ensue, leading to a run in with a giant water monster, the Umibouzu. Will Tarou end up catching his prize, or will he find something even better?

Basic Adventuring 101: Die Loud or Die Permanently
Gaming Short – 11:15 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 4:00pm

Karen is new to the LARP world and unsure how she is going to fit in when she joins her older sister’s overly enthusiastic adventuring group. Things seem to be going well until one attempt leads to some unexpected trouble with an old woman and a mysterious box. She’ll have to learn how to be an adventurer as she and the rest of the team have to inevitably save the world.

Sci-Fi Short – 10:43 – Canada
Saturday, June 17th – 9:30pm

In tomorrow’s Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. Wanted, the parasitic A.I becomes her only ally as she is chased across the city by those seeking to salvage it.

WINNER, Best Feature Film

Sci-Fi Feature – 1:37:00 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 9:30pm

After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. Able to communicate through a networked video interface, the survivors wait for years and slowly become a motley family of sorts. But their fragile social ecosystem is shattered when, one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing from their bunkers

Fantasy Short – 13:36 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

Monster Kids act to save their world in this puppet short written by a 5th grade student.

I Was A Teenage Superhero Sidekick
Fantasy Feature – 1:19:00 – USA
Friday, June 16th – 2:00pm

Kid Dynamic, sidekick to Dynamic Man, quits the whole superhero racket and struggles with the transition…with finding himself. His hippy-dippy headshrinker, who insists on outdoor yoga classes during psychoanalysis, helps him find the courage to go for the simpler life he yearns for. What he comes to understand is that life isn’t so simple, with or without the cape.

WINNER, Best Sci-Fi Film & Audience Award

Sci-Fi Feature – 1:13:00 – USA
Friday, June 16th – 4:00pm

Following a radioactive accident in outer space, an astronaut is transformed into a sentient blob of meat who devours everything and everyone in its path.

María Fernanda in time
Sci-Fi Short – 9:20 – Spain
Saturday, June 17th – 7:30pm

An overprotective mother produces an accident with terrible consequences in the space-time continuum in the scientific laboratory where his son works.

Of Dice and Men
Gaming Feature – 1:15:00 – USA
(Exhibition Only)
Thursday, June 15th – 9:30pm

The lives of six roleplaying gamer friends are thrown into upheaval when one of them enlists to go to Iraq. A geek movie without the self-loathing. Website

Penguins in Space
WINNER, Best Short Film

Sci-Fi Short – 4:40 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 7:30pm

Mystery, Action, and Danger await our little blue penguins as they find themselves thrust on an intergalactic adventure after accidentally uncovering a spaceship at the bottom of the sea.

Sci-Fi Short – 15:04- USA
Saturday, June 17th – 7:30pm

A short Sci-Fi thriller about a fourth-dimensional artifact, the thief who steals it, and the man who will kill him to change the past.

The Adventures of Sir Fireheart
Fantasy Short – 7:09 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

In this swashbuckling adventure serial, the fair Princess Aurelia asks her most loyal knight, Sir Fireheart, to quest for and retrieve the fabled Scepter of the Gods. Along the way, Fireheart (and his trusty squire Vincent) encounter an endless series of deadly adversaries, including the vile witch Halitosha and her devious minion Bopkins.

The New 8-Bit Heroes
WINNER, Best Gaming Film

Gaming Feature – 1:51:16 – USA
Friday, June 16th – 7:30pm

Resurrecting his childhood ambition to create a game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Joe Granato convinces a team of modern creatives to retrofit their skills to program a new game for a 30 year old game console.
But what begins as a novelty project about building a video game for an obsolete system escalated to a two-year, ten-thousand-mile journey into an esoteric subculture of devotees to this art form, and an exploration of what happens when you reintroduce childhood ambitions into your adult life.

The Rangers: Drustan Chronicles
Fantasy Short – 21:23 – Canada
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

Drustan Lorne, an elite King’s Ranger in Adrasil, hunts the orcs who take his daughter prisoner. This is a prequel to The Rangers: A Shadow Rising and focuses on the character of Drustan Lorne, one of the original 4 Rangers in the film. This short film explores his character backstory and shows why he’s sullen and quiet.

The Voyage of the Golden Hind-er
Fantasy Short – 9:31 – Canada
Saturday, June 17th – 1:00pm

In this animated mini-epic comedy from the one-person studio “Seat of the Pants Film Lab”, Yorick (as in “alas, poor”) and his automaton crew have decided to become benevolent pirates. It’s a steep learning curve, but they have some interesting encounters along the way and come up with unique tech solutions to the gritty day-to-day drudgery of pirating. Engage the Levitationator!

Time Wall
Sci-Fi Short – 9:31 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 7:30pm

Defected scientist William J. Kessinger must find a way through the Time Wall before the all oppressive authority does. Time Wall is 3 cycles of a potentially endless journey of data, dimensions, and death.

Sci-Fi Short – 4:00 – USA
Saturday, June 17th – 7:30pm

A Prison Transport Spaceship, while on a prisoner transfer, is attacked and left marooned in space. The only survivors are the pilot and the prisoner.