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.