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2019 Origins Film Festival Official Selections

Sci-Fi Short – 9:43 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 8:30pm

Vincent Forrester’s computer prototype could change the world, but when a virus in the system infects his lab assistant, Abi, it could mean his death

Baphomet High
Fantasy Short – 6:30 – USA
Thursday, June 13th – 9:30pm

Ellie is invited to join her elite school math club, but gets more than she bargained for after discovering the club is a satanic cult.

Bucketheads: A Star Wars Story
Sci-Fi Short – 13:35 – Canada
Friday, June 14th – 4:00pm
WINNER, Audience Award

A squad of storm troopers are transporting a POW with valuable information from Yavin 4, but getting off planet will test their mettle.

Ceti Alpha No. 5
Sci-Fi Short – 2:04 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 7:30pm

Introducing a new fragrance from The House of Khan: Ceti Alpha No. 5.

Starring yours truly Femme Khan – voted as “Absolute Best Cosplay of 2013” by i09, “#1 Best Genderswapped Cosplay from New York Comic Con” on Buzzfeed, was featured on the Mary Sue, GeekChicElite, and was “Best in Show” for the Official CBS Cosplay Contest.

Chubby Café
Fantasy Feature – 1:20:13 – Hong Kong
Thursday, June 13th – 9:30pm

Chubby is the boss of Chubby Café. She has four lovely employees: Lazy, Petty, Anger and Simple. Each of them has distinct personality. One day they saved a mysterious woman named Illusion from a suitcase. Illusion lost her memory and tried to find out who put her in the suitcase and delivered her to Chubby Café.

Infinite Santa 8000: The Director’s Cut
Fantasy Feature – 1:37:31 – USA
Saturday, June 15h – 9:30pm

In the year 8000, a cyborg Santa Claus must kill mutants and robo-people, in a vast, post-apocalyptic wasteland, to save the Christmas spirit.

Gaming Short – 11:23 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 3:00pm

A gamer struggles to keep his life from falling apart after an incident at a bar IRL

Mime Hunter Alpha
Fantasy Short – 3:51 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 2:00pm

In a world where mimes run wild into the wind, only one man stands for justice. His name is Alpha.

Sci-Fi Feature – 1:20:35 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 9:30pm
WINNER, Best Feature Film

‘Occupants’ is a film about Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil. Annie and Neil embark on a ’30 Days of Clean Living’ documentary, setting up cameras all over their house to document, via the Internet, their new eating habits. By doing so, half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves – a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence.

Sci-Fi Short – 16:00 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 7:30pm

A scientist studying the first human time traveller falls in love with her subject. But if her research succeeds they will become separated by eons of history. She must find a way to connect with him across the ages or lose him forever.

Rest Area
Sci-Fi Short – 21:00 – USA

Friday, June 14th – 8:30pm

Jane Dykstra, a mystery Novelist on a late night 4 hour drive home, stops at a rest area to take a break. She hears a woman being abused in the bathroom, and needs to decide who she really is and what she’s willing to do.

Fantasy Short – 14:59 – USA
Saturday, June 15th – 2:00pm

An imaginary friend searches for the boy that left him behind.

Super Science Friends – Episode 6 “Full Metal Scientist”
Sci-Fi Short – 17:48 – Canada
Friday, June 14th – 7:30pm
WINNER, Best Sci-Fi Film

Someone is murdering all the Manhattan Project scientists, and it’s up to the Super Science Friends to discover who it is. This episode was animated in a traditional anime style. The animation was split between Toronto-based Tinman Creative and Tokyo-based D’Art Shtajio.

The Discovery of the Jackabow
Fantasy Short – 3:02 – USA
Saturday, June 15th – 2:00pm

Scientists combine a jackalope and a rainbow to create the rare and beautiful ‘Jackabow’ in this short comedy written by three 4th grade students..

The Furious Gospel of Johnny Tan
Fantasy Short – 19:36 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 2:00pm
WINNER, Best Fantasy Film

If you don’t deal with the past, it’s bound to come back to haunt you. Bar owner, and small time criminal, Johnny Tan, faces his sins in one wild night as he and his crew are trapped in his bar, surrounded by the unknown.

Gaming Feature – 1:23:00 – USA
Saturday, June 15th – 7:30pm
WINNER, Audience Award

A group of unlikely friends gather for an epic tournament battle only to have a beautiful outsider to turn everything upside down.

Sci-Fi Short – 20:21 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 7:30pm
WINNER, Best Short Film

A woman struggling to survive alone in a post-apocalyptic wasteland discovers a virtual-reality machine and escapes from her loneliness into a scenic virtual world. When she falls in love with a man inside this virtual world, she must choose between her love and her life in this romantic science fiction short film.

Akemi and Tarou
Fantasy Short – 3:59 – USA
Saturday, June 15th – 2:00pm

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
Friday, June 14th – 3:00pm

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.

Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons
Gaming Feature – 1:35:00 – USA
Thursday, June 13th – 7:30pm (Exhibition Only)

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons is an exciting new documentary that explores the history, influence, and stories behind the artwork that helps create the worlds in which we all play. The movie profiles D&D artists – both past and present – and also features former TSR insiders, game designers, authors, and fans. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons is a celebration of the art we all love so much.

From Mania to Obsession
Gaming Short – 13:06 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 3:00pm

When a heart broken fan learns his favorite series is ending, he goes to great lengths to ensure it continues.

I Put My Low Stat
Gaming Short – 5:17 – USA
Saturday, June 16th – 2:00pm

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.

‘M’ is for Magic Missile
Gaming Short – 9:10 – USA
Saturday, June 15th – 2:00pm

Here is a fun live action video for my song, M is for Magic Missile released in 2012 on Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories. (Produced by Jeff Bohnhoff of Mystic Fig Studio) Friends and acquaintances sent in video clips of themselves acting out casting the various spells mentioned in the song.

Miniature Wargaming: The Movie
Gaming Feature – 1:45:52 – UK
Saturday, June 15th – 4:00pm
WINNER, Best Gaming Film

Dive into the wonderful world of miniature wargaming. Follow four individuals as they unveil how wargaming affects their lives in different ways. Finally, uncover the true story behind this incredible hobby.

Paradox: A Rusty Lake Film
Gaming Short – 17:00 – Netherlands
Friday, June 14th – 3:00pm

Paradox: A Rusty Lake Film is a collaboration between Dutch Director Sean Van Leijenhorst and Robin Ras & Maarten Looise, developers of the popular Rusty Lake game series.

The short will release together with a game which will uniquely interact with the movie, via television, telephone, tape recorders and so on. We’ve carefully placed a ton of visual hints hidden in the movie which can be used in the game. Both the game and movie can be played / viewed separately.

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys
Sci-Fi Feature – 1:10:00 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 4:00pm (Exhibition Only)

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.

Star Wars: Dresca
Sci-Fi Short – 7:13 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 4:00pm

When Dresca – an injured imperial pilot – is rescued by rebels after the Battle of Endor, she must choose between her loyalty to the Empire and the kindness of strangers she once thought of as monsters.

The Assassin’s Apprentice
Sci-Fi Short – 14:46 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 8:30pm

A coming of age story about Kaylee (Tarah Paige), an apprentice assassin, and her relationship with Pete (Robert Picardo), her trainer, and Miranda (Marina Sirtis), their handler. Kaylee, like a rebellious teenager, simultaneously wants approval and independence from Pete and Miranda. When assigned her first solo hit, Kaylee immediately disobeys orders and goes off course, chasing a Freerunner drone, often with hilarious results. In the end, Kaylee accomplishes her mission, but realizes that she is not yet ready to go it alone.

Uncle Jimmy
Fantasy Short – 7:15 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 2:00pm

When Will refuses to go to his uncle’s funeral, his uncle decides to come to him.

Fantasy Short – 7:47 – USA
Saturday, June 15th – 2:00pm

An invasion of destructive black sludge intrudes on an idyllic world inhabited by mythic beings who find momentary salvation in the actions of an assiduous invertebrate clean-up crew who arrive to make things right.

Wish Weasel
Fantasy Short – 19:48 – USA
Friday, June 14th – 2:00pm

In this campy 90s sci-fi fantasy, a magical weasel crash lands in Queens and befriends a girl who’s down on her luck. They must work together to defeat his evil brother to save Queens (and the Earth).