When you cut into the present, the future leaks out.
– William S. Burroughs
In 1902, inspired by Jules Verne and emboldened by his unique grasp of creative technology, French filmmaker Georges Méliès made his name with the worldwide hit A TRIP TO THE MOON. His whimsical, fantastic, wildly unscientific view of space travel remained in the realm of imagination until the Apollo 11 landing in 1969.
Méliès died dirt poor, selling toys in the Paris Metro. He probably saw METROPOLIS. But, he had no way of knowing that he’d created his own giant leap for humankind. He was the first of a rare breed: filmmakers who could see the future, and who could harness new tools to bring visions of that future to life. He set the stage for SOLARIS, THX 1138, LA JETÉE, 2001, BLADE RUNNER, ROBOCOP, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, PRIMER, MONSTERS, HER, EX MACHINA, STAR TREK, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, BLACK MIRROR, STRANGER THINGS… And on, and on, and on.
The creative descendants of Méliès live in a distinctly different time. The path from pure fantasy to hard science has been short-circuited. The future may not be evenly distributed, but it’s permanently, undeniably here. Science fiction isn’t the domain of fantasists. We live it every day.
Filmmakers have never had more tools available to them to show us the world as they imagine it. DUST is committed to supporting those visions. Whether it’s a utopia worth striving for, an apocalypse to avoid, or a truth about the ways technology is changing the human experience – we want to amplify the voices of new filmmakers who will shape the future with the force of their imagination. We’ll be collecting and promoting the best science fiction shorts, producing originals, and providing pathways to feature filmmaking.