I first heard of FUTURESTATES last year at the Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC. A short film with the above logo also screened in the same shorts block as my thesis film. As far as I could decipher back then, the film DIGITAL ANTIQUITIES by filmmaker JP Chan seemed to be commissioned as part of a collection of short films dealing with…the future. DIGITAL ANTIQUITIES impressively captured the idea that human memories from the past would become valuable relics in the future. People would have makeshift pawn shops where those longing to reconnect could make purchase. The short was high-caliber and used an almost MATRIX-style setting to tell an intimate story.
Website synopsis: “Independent Television Service (ITVS) asked both renowned and emerging filmmakers to take the current state of affairs in the United States, and extrapolate them into stories of the nation in the not-so-distant future. The result is FUTURESTATES, a series of groundbreaking digital shorts. Each episode presents a different filmmaker’s vision of American society projected forward, fusing an exploration of social issues with elements of speculative and science fiction.”
It’s not everyday you hear about independent shorts that offer such a fresh take on the sci-fi genre. It turns out there have been 3 seasons of short films on multiple topics within the realm of the future and are available to watch online. Each film also has a short interview with the filmmaker and behind the scenes extras.
Curious about where this world is headed in the coming years? Tune in to FUTURESTATES here for a sneak peek!