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August 5, 2013 2:20 PM
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Project of the Day: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi in a Rural Homestead

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


Tweetable Logline:

A character-driven drama with a sci-fi twist. In a post-apocalyptic world, who is good, who is bad, and is anyone truly at home?

Elevator Pitch:

HOME is a contained drama with science fiction elements that takes place in a post-apocalyptic, rural setting. A teenage boy cares for his younger brother in an isolated farmhouse as they await their father's return. When a teenage girl who has survived an unseen attack takes shelter with them, their instinct for self-preservation conflicts with an interest in this new visitor. Soon, sinister revelations emerge as to the cause of the apocalypse and the boys' true identities.

This high-concept short explores belonging and distrust in an uncertain environment, subverting what people expect from sci-fi by emphasizing story, suspense, and subtlety.

Production Team:

Writer-Director: John Henry Hinkel
Producers: Jonathan Bird (THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE), Zoë Morrison, Amit Samuel
Director of Photography: Ketil Dietrichson (LADY GAGA "Pokerface," DAFT PUNK "Derezzed")
Editor: Rachel Eisengart (CAPTURE)

About the Production:

"When John Henry Hinkel sat down to write HOME, the recent Harvard graduate set out to create a science fiction film far removed from the hokey visual effects, overplayed gore, and predictable stories and characters that often plague the genre. Instead, he wanted to create an aesthetically beautiful, nuanced, and character-driven film, while also incorporating subtle but visceral visual effects that enhance rather than degrade its artistic value.

"HOME's twist ending, morally ambiguous characters, and unique, restrained take on a much-loved genre will spark discussion while spotlighting great new talent in a festival run." -- Zoë Morrison

Current Status:


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Indiegogo Page

HOME - Campaign Video (Updated) from John Henry Hinkel on Vimeo.

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  • Danny Bloom | August 8, 2013 11:28 PMReply

    Aronofsky's 'Noah' set to flood the 'cli fi' zone in 2014

    Hollywood often comes to Alaska to film climate disaster movies on location,
    for TV specials or blockbuster feature movies. Expect more location
    shoots in future years, as the world heats up in tiny increments and
    the polar ice melts summer after summer.

    But this emerging genre of "cli fi" movies, from "Day After Tomorrow" to
    "The Road," is about to get some Old World company early next year when
    Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is released in March. Yes, that Noah, and
    yes, that flood.

    Time frame: not the usual cli-fi dystopia set in the future; this movie is set
    some 5,000 years ago in the Biblical past.

    That's where Aronofsky has headed, way back in time, to tell a
    climate-themed story set not in some dystopian near future but via a
    dreadful, tragic
    Biblical legend.

    Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and a real Ark,
    this is the kind of Hollywood film that will put Superstorm Sandy in
    its place.

    "Noah'' was shot on location in Iceland -- and in parts of Long Island
    during Superstorm Sandy -- and the film is now in its post-production
    editing process.

    Maybe that Biblical flood was a hoax perpetrated by some Hebrew
    scribes, in much the same way the global warming is said to be a hoax
    perpetrated by the good Al Gore as part of his climate shenanigans to
    get rich(er) off polar fraud? Aronofsky, educated at the same Harvard
    where Gore invented the Internet, has put a lot of time and effort in his "Noah"
    project, as any quick take of his Twitter feed will attest. He cares
    about this film, and he has put his cast and crew through the ancient
    flood "event" in order to do two things: entertain audiences with a
    vivid, detailed visit a terrible tale from the Bible, while at the
    same time setting up a global wake up call about what humans are doing
    to the climate today.

    The 'flood" can't happen again? Think again. And Alaska's long coastline
    will bear the brunt of it, too, if and when it happens. Start praying,
    if you're religious. And start moving to higher ground, if you care
    about the future.

    While "cli fi" has been defined by NPR and the Christian Science
    Monitor as taking place only in the present or near future -- in
    novels such as Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior" and Nathaniel
    Rich's Superstorm Sandy novel "Odds Against Tomorrow" -- in fact,
    ''cli fi'' can take place in the distant past, too. Even in Noah's
    time. Even during the Flood, the flood to end all floods.

    While the marketing for "Noah" has not begun, Aronofsky's cockamamie
    idea to film a global warming warning call based on an imaginary
    "event" some 5,000 years ago in the Biblical past. has legs. Long

    This movie could become a global hit, and for one main reason, every
    nation on Earth, is the direct path of the next big flood and it could
    be curtains for the human race.

    Sounds like sci fi? But this time it's ''cli fi," with a stellar cast
    and computer graphics to tickle your Biblical imagination.

  • Dhaus | August 7, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    Interesting concept, excited to see more! Good luck Zoe!!

  • Lee | August 5, 2013 9:50 PMReply

    Liking the pedigrees on the team, looking forward to this...

  • Leron | August 5, 2013 8:49 PMReply

    This guy should think about getting someone else to pitch, that was hard to watch.

  • Icarus | August 5, 2013 3:59 PMReply

    Damn this sounds cool. Great freaking team. Can't wait to see who they cast!