What will become of America in five, 25, or even 50 years from today? FUTURESTATES is a serie of 11 fictional mini-features exploring possible future scenarios through the lens of today’s global realities. Immerse yourself in the visions of these independent prognosticators as they project a future of their own imagining.
Independent Television Service (ITVS) asked 11 renowned and up-and-coming 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 in the not-too-distant future, fusing an exploration of social issues with elements of speculative and science fiction.
In this post two episodes.
Above the true life of a plastic bag, a story which is actually present now. The story of a plastic can be told in a single picture, a :30s PSA, a 1 minute PSA, a 2 minute PSA or a 18 minute short film like the episode from FUTURESTATES. Even the last one don’t come close to the real life cycle of a plastic bag.
Director Ramin Bahrani; Voice-over: Werner Herzog
Below ‘Play’ by David Kaplan and Eric Zimmerman.
Society’s obsession with video and online gaming has advanced to the point that virtual environments are indistinguishable from physical ones.
Play has the structure of a puzzle, and is not meant to resolve into a single explanation or interpretation. Rather, the film is a meditation on our present day of hyperconnectivity and information overload, using videogames as the metaphor for the very human search for meaning and identity.
The first collaboration between filmmaker David Kaplan (Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories, Year of the Fish) and game designer Eric Zimmerman (Gamelab, Rules of Play), the making of Play was an exciting merging of new media with old media. The film was shot in six days, mostly in New York City, with a small crew and a large cast of local New York actors. It was produced by Atilla Salih Yucer (Three Backyards), executive produced by Rocco Caruso (Three Backyards, Judy Berlin), and shot by Michael Simmonds (Big Fan, Goodbye Solo).