FUTURESTATES Premieres 7 Science Fiction Films, Now thru 6/5


ITVS has announced that FUTURESTATES, the acclaimed online series of genre-bending science fiction short films returns for a fourth season of forward-thinking, no-holds-barred explorations into the future of American society. Seven filmmakers envision the world at a crossroads, where discrimination, environmental catastrophe, visitors from the future, and even other worlds test the bonds of humanity. This year's series of seven shorts will debut online with a new film every Wednesday from tonight, April 24 - June 5, 2013.

"From gender identity to illegal immigration, from cyber attacks to internet privacy issues to alternative energy, this year's films bring forward under-represented perspectives on the most controversial social and political topics in the headlines today," said Karim Ahmad, Senior Programming Manager, Independent Television Service (ITVS). "It's so poignant to see how our filmmakers extend those issues into the not-so-distant future, imagining how they will play out. Where are we headed as a society? Is this the future we want?"

The complete lineup for FUTURESTATES is below:

Elliot King Is Third (April 24, 2013)

By Rose Troche

In 2024, gender is identified by microchip implant, and trans people like Elliot are classified "third." But can he change his identity in an attempt to build a safer life?


Refuge (May 1, 2013)
By Mohammad Gorjestani

A cyber attack on the United States Immigration database puts Sonia at risk of being deported back to Iran. But remaining in the U.S. may come at a greater price than she's willing to pay.


Promised Land (May 8, 2013)

By Joe Turner Lin & Justin Marshall

Refugees from the dystopian future are immigrating to the past, and citizen watch groups have formed to stop them. On his first "border patrol," teenage Jackson must choose between his father's principles and his own sense of humanity.


Return to Elektra Springs (May 15, 2013)
By Christopher Munch

Retired inventor Will Friedrich and his son are forced to evacuate their home during a tsunami. As they make their way east, they encounter a pioneering Community that leads Will to consider returning to his work in free energy.

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