Close encounters of the charming kind infuse “The History of Future Folk,” which will likely be remembered as the first neo-hipster Brooklyn sci-fi movie. A fable of what happens to two distant travelers from Planet Hondo once they arrive on Earth, the pic amounts to a reverse-engineered backstory for the two characters played by Nils D’Aulaire and Jay Klaitz in their jaunty and humorous two-man band, Future Folk. Smart fests and distribs alike looking for aud-pleasing outlier titles should pick up the signals.Bill (D’Aulaire) relates the plight of Hondo, threatened by a comet, as a bedtime story for daughter Wren (Onata Aprile), but for Bill, it’s true, since he’s actually Gen. Trius, the first Hondonian sent to scout out a planet his people could occupy. Once on Earth, he’s instantly seduced by the sound of music, and has since worked as a struggling musician and made a family with Wren and wife Holly (Julie Ann Emery), who doesn’t know his real purpose. Bumbling Hondo spaceman Kevin (Klaitz) crash-lands looking for Trius, and Future Folk is formed, with the pair performing in their goofy spacesuits.
A Maida Vale Films presentation in association with Dig It Audio and Beach House Music. Produced by Jeremy Kipp Walker, Jon Bulette, Andrew Goldman, Smokey Nelson. Executive producers, Tom Efinger, Timothy Williams, Ben Browning. Co-producers, Cindy Tolan, Anu Schwartz. Directed by J. Anderson Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker. Screenplay, Mitchell; Future Folk band and characters created by Nils D'Aulaire, Jay Klaitz.
Camera (Technicolor, DV), Martin Matiasek; editors, Nick Paley, Walker; music, Future Folk, Timothy Williams; production designer, Anu Schwartz; costume designer, Stephani Lewis. Reviewed at Los Angeles Film Festival (The Beyond), June 17, 2012. Running time: 85 MIN.
Nils D'Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery, April Hernandez Castillo, Onata Aprile, Dee Snider. (English, Spanish dialogue)