One of our favorite unsung science fiction movies is finally getting a digital release, and you can help make it a success. You can also help fund a film based on HP Lovecraft's Dream Cycle stories, a collaborative storytelling game, and anthology of science fiction stories about ladies and their bikes.
Alex Rivera's film Sleep Dealer, about Mexican laborers who work in the US via remote-controlled robots, debuted at Sundance in 2008 and ranked among our most significant science fiction films of the twenty-aughts. However, it never received a wide release. Thanks to online platforms, Sleep Dealer has a chance to reach the large audience it never saw, and Rivera is asking for a bit of financial help to create a new trailer and new promotional art and otherwise market the film's release.
Director Huan Vu already has one adaptation of horror writer HP Lovecraft's work: Die Farbe, based on the story "The Colour Out of Space." Now he's turning his lens toward Lovecraft's fantastical Dream Cycle stories, inclusing "Celephaïs," "The White Ship," "The Strange High House in the Mist," and "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath." Backers can access a streaming version of the movie for a €7 pledge and a DVD of the finished film for a €20 pledge.
Bikes in Space 2 is the latest volume of Elly Blue's bike-themed Taking the Lane zine and the second one to feature science fiction stories. Blue has collected 12 more futuristic tales of ladies who pedal. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Fueled by vegan donuts and beer, a bike messenger races delivery drones through a crumbling future Portland in Caitlin Giddings' adrenaline-pumping tale
- Maddy Engelfried's future city is a peaceful, if impoverished one, where everyone travels by bicycle... except one young girl
- In a post-nuclear holocaust America, why would anyone choose to be a woman? E.L. Bangs suggests one heroic answer
- Emily June Street takes us to a parallel world, where women aren't supposed to race velos—and they definitely aren't supposed to win!
For a $10 pledge, backers can have a copy of the zine mailed to them.
Do you like to develop stories with your friends? Storium is an online game that lets you keep in touch with your friends by telling a shared story online. Through various fictional settings and playing cards, Storium allows players to control what happens to their characters next, giving everyone a chance to change the direction of the story as it develops. It's part role-playing game, part collaborative storytelling.
Here's how it works:
For a $20 pledge, you can participate in the beta test and get one year of Storium starting from the public launch.