Peruvian director Arthur Cross is currently developing his debut feature film The 2nd Horseman. The movie was filmed in the deserts of Peru, specifically in Chilca, a region with a history of alleged UFO sightings *cue X-Files music*.
The 2nd Horseman’s plot revolves around Serah, a woman who disappeared in the local Quarantine Zone and reappeared a year later with a message of hope or doom (or both). The Second Horseman Special Operations Unit mercenaries must face an armed cult to prevent them from using Serah to usher in the End of Days. In the Bible, the Second Horseman (the red horse) represents war, so that should reinforce your sense of where the plot is going.
In an interview on Peruvian television, Arthur Cross and assistant director Nathiel Farfán discuss production of their independent film, and how excited they are about producing a science fiction film in their country. Cross mentions that the Quarantine Zone is forbidden because of temporal/space anomalies, and that the Horseman Unit originally protected the scientists that go into that area.
Cross is an enthusiastic fan of science fiction and action films, and was particularly inspired by military sci-fi and Michael Bay films for The 2nd Horseman.
Most of the cast is from Peru, except the Russian lead, Irina Prischepa. From the humorous “Making Of” it seems she speaks perfect Spanish. She is a dancer, and if Summer Glau (River of Serenity) is any indication, choosing a dancer as an action hero is a great decision.
The 2nd Horseman release date is estimated for March 2014.
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Here is the trailer in English (the actual film is in Spanish):
Chilean audio and film studio Filmosonido let me know about Plurality, a scifi film they did the sound for. The short is very well done, especially considering its low budget. The special effects are impressive! The story is set in the near future, where your every move is watched by the government via your DNA. But what happens when there is more than one of you?
Link to the Plurality Facebook page here.
Check out Pleiades, a Mexico/California short film funded via Kickstarter where we see Ek Balaman, a Mayan warrior, dare to defy the alien invasion that eventually annihilated his people. From director Angel M. Huerta, and film production company White Goblin.
This weekend (September 15-16) was the Kaisen Festival at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. I had the opportunity of going on the Saturday and it was a delight. There is something about Kaisen that you can’t get at the larger, flashier Puerto Rico Comic Con (PRCC). Since it’s held in smaller locations across the island, it is cozier. You can easily find your friends, stalk cosplayers for a picture, and sit in the stands to just people watch. Parents and People Who Get Tired (me) find this sitting thing very convenient. Cosplayers have a place to rest yet not miss out on the onstage magic performances, singing, skits, and the random car-with-the-headlights-on announcements. At the PRCC you’d have to sit out in the halls to get a break from the crowd. Also, Kaisen has free parking and is way more wallet friendly. Of course, there are fewer vendors (I noticed a serious lack of local comic book artists this time- there were maybe three) and no visiting guests but for the price I would say Kaisen does what it does beautifully. Besides the cosplay contests and skits, they have video gaming, card play, a movie marathon and small workshops related to fan life. They have built a supportive community online and the organizers have events throughout the year to keep people entertained and excited about the next convention. Even if they don’t have something going on, they will post about fandom events from other organizations.
I have posted the pictures above and others as a Facebook album. For more information about Paquines.com (the Kaisen Festival organizers), visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
Check out the trailer of Reverse Parthenogenesis, a sci-fi black comedy about a happily married couple who decide to have a baby and get their genomes mapped to check if it will be healthy. The test reveals a secret that may threaten the very future of humanity. Directed by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (LOST, The Middleman). Starring Buffy alums Amber Benson and Adam Busch as the couple and Edmund Lupinski as the doctor.