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Project of the Day: An Elderly Couple Unfreezes Themselves in ‘NEW’

Project of the Day: An Elderly Couple Unfreezes Themselves in 'NEW'

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Tweetable Logline:

An elderly couple, cryonically preserved at death, awaken in a distant future to face future shock and identity crises.

Elevator Pitch:

NEW tells the story of an elderly couple who choose to be
cryonically preserved (chilled to sub-zero temperature) at the time of
their deaths. They awaken in a distant future, their health totally
restored. They struggle to understand the society they’re living in, one
that treats them as curious relics. While they contend with future
shock, they are also gripped by identity crises: with brand-new bodies
that are 20 years old, they must decide what to do with the second lives
they’ve been given.

Production Team:

Writer/Director John Harden
John’s work has aired nationwide on PBS and screened at top-tier
festivals around the world. He’s received cash artist awards from the
Marin and Sonoma County Arts Councils, and his films & screenplays
have won top prizes at the Austin Film Festival, Los Angeles Film
Festival and many more.

Producer Don R. Lewis
Don’s producer credits include feature films HOLY GHOST PEOPLE (which
screened to sold-out crowds at this years South by Southwest Film
Festival) and THE VIOLENT KIND, which screened at the Sundance Film
Festival in 2010. He is also a documentary filmmaker, and writes about
film for FilmThreat.com.

About the Production:

“Imagine technology changes the rules of mortality, restoring youth and
re-defining death. In NEW, this comes to pass. It poses challenges for
our main characters.

“In writing NEW, I feel I’ve hit a sweet spot between the visionary
science fiction that fired my imagination as a kid, and the
character-driven storytelling that makes sense to me now. I’m thrilled
to be making this film and feel it will be unlike anything I’ve done

“NEW, the short, will run roughly 12 minutes. It will stand alone, but
also serve as proof-of-concept for the feature film I’m currently
writing.” — John Harden

Current Status:


For more information and to support this project:

Filmmaker Site

USA Projects Page

“NEW” – the movie from John Harden on Vimeo.

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