Armand Assante, Charles Baker, Nicki Clyne and More To Attend 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival
We have film down to a Science at The 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, which will present a full lineup of critically acclaimed films, exclusive premieres, panel discussions, virtual reality installations and international animation. The electrifying sixth annual event will also feature appearances by show business heavyweights Armand Assante, Charles Baker, ?Jonny Beauchamp, Nicki Clyne, Nana Gouvea, Michael Ironside, ?Vincent Pastore, Tom Sizemore, Melvin Van Peebles, Chuck Zito and more special guests. Screening in the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, the festival will run from February 23-25, 2018.
This year's festival has expanded its tribute to the father of Science fiction, Philip K. Dick by broadening its scope of official selections. "Every year our films cover different themes of the PKD spectrum," said Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the festival. "This event focuses heavily on inner worlds, transhuman realities and other types of films including speculative fiction, magical realism and surrealism. Just like PKD, we are very eclectic in our thinking and do not subscribe to one single unitary form of entertainment."
Abella added that the festival's mission to represent society's issues stands for the work and views of its namesake. "PKD was a modern-day prophet who foresaw the collapse of humanity under the colossal weight of data, technology and ecological devastation," he said. "Narrative themes in these films are more effective in shaping popular thinking than a new review or manifesto. In our own modest way, the festival represents a resistance against monolithic hypercaptialism and rapacious technology. Think of it as technology with a soul."
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival launched in 2012 as New York City's first festival of its kind and honors the enduring legacy of novelist Philip K. Dick, whose work maintains a strong influence over modern culture and society. Organized by individuals and filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of presenting a unique narrative in a corporate environment, the festival embraces original concepts and alternative approaches to storytelling in the form of independent science fiction, horror, supernatural, fantasy, metaphysical and virtual reality films. Since 2013, the festival has held international gatherings in France, Poland and Germany and many domestic screening events throughout the year.