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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 01.06.14] scifi comedy

Dave, a cult leader who has lost control of his flock, has a brilliant idea: fake a prophecy instructing his followers to make a movie to share their story with the world. This brilliant plan is supposed to quell the infighting among the cult members and considering they don't know the first thing about making a movie, it works. The group unites in their common goal but just as they're finding their footing, Dave gets a real prophecy that will undo the good of his fake one and put the entire group into jeopardy.

It's sounds kind of ridiculous and the trailer for Rover (or Beyond Human: The Venusian Future and the Return of the Next Level) is exactly as strange as expected. It shares the same low-fi sci-fi feel of The History of Future Folk (review) and though it doesn't appear to have the catchy music going for it, there is an off kilter comedy that comes across in the trailer which makes it very charming (plus there's just something about a comedy about a cult that tickles me pink).

Rover will have its world premiere at Slamdance in a few week's time and I expect it will make the festival rounds throughout the year. Below is a newly minted trailer along with an older video with additional footage from early 2013 when director Tony Blahd and crew launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the movie's post-production (that campaign was successfully funded).

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donc48 (8 years ago) Reply

I'm not felling it. It's trying to hard to be quirky.

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