Science Fiction with vision -- and done on a budget no less -- is one of our favorite kinds of cinema to give attention to here at ScreenAnarchy. Claire Carré's feature debut Embers is exactly one of those indie sci-fi darlings. Not only do we think this, but so do the folks at Slamdance and The Orchard who have struck a joint deal to bringCarré's vision of a world post-memory to big and small screens, alike.
Slamdance Presents, the theatrical release wing of the DIY film festival, will be brining Embers to Arclight Hollywood on August 5th, for a week long run of screenings and extra-special Q&As, while The Orcahrd will be doing a VOD day-and-date release.
Co-written with Charles Spano, Embers is, as I stated in my review from Januray, "a heartfelt science fiction yarn that works as a timely allegory on our culture of volume and over-saturation, and as a invigorating hypothesis on the fluidity of identity and the nature of self and of freedom. Carré's measured and curious filmmaking follows a philosophical tone more reminiscent of Richard Linklater and Wim Wenders rather than most genre familiars."
Starring, Jason Ritter, Iva Gocheva and Tucker Smallwood, Embers' release comes off a healhty festival run, winning top awards at Sarastota, New Orleans, and the Oxford Film Festivals. The robust post screening Q&A subjects will include "Indie Science Fiction: Big Ideas, Small Budget", "The Act of Forgetting by the cast of Embers", and "Women in Genre and Science Meets Fiction". As a keen admirer of the film it is going to be my pleasure to moderate on some of these evenings, so I do hope LA readers take note to come out.
For more on the film, check out the website and the trailer below.