The History Of Future Folk

2013

The History Of Future Folk

Critics Consensus

High on quirky smarts and low on splashy special effects, The History of Future Folk is an unusual -- and unusually fun -- slice of sci-fi.

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Total Count: 40
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THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK tells the hilarious (and possibly exaggerated) origin story of the real life alien bluegrass band, Future Folk, that has been charming NYC audiences with their live act for the better part of a decade. When a comet threatens to destroy their planet, the citizens of Hondo enlist their most decorated soldier, General Trius (Nils d'Aulaire), to search for a new home planet- and wipe out the current inhabitants with a flesh-eating virus. After landing somewhere near Brooklyn, General Trius wanders into a megastore to unleash the terror... when he's suddenly enchanted by a strange and mystical human invention known as "music." They don't have music on Hondo, and since it's the best thing he's ever heard, General Trius immediately abandons his mission to eradicate the human race, assumes the name Bill, starts a family, and launches a one-alien bluegrass act in a tiny bar owned by Larry (Dee Snider). Years later, his peaceful life is disrupted when the Hondonians send a bumbling assassin named Kevin (Jay Klaitz) to get the mission back on track. Although subduing Kevin is no challenge for the great General Trius, the Hondonians have no intention of calling off their plan to eliminate mankind, so Bill and Kevin must join forces to save Hondo, prevent an intergalactic takeover of Earth, and hopefully get some bigger gigs for the universe's first Hondonian bluegrass duo: Future Folk! (c) Variance

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Cast

Nils Daulaire
as General Trius/Bill
Robbie Smith
as Bounty Hunter
Paul Juhn
as Cop #1
Mario D'Leon
as Large Prisoner
Robinson Aponte
as Random Prisoner
Nancy Ticotin
as Tango Teach
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Bodega Owner
Rich Zeroth
as Newbie Guard
Karen Ziemba
as Tour Guide
Arthur French
as Mini-Storage Employee
Helen-Jean Arthur
as Tango Lobby Lady
James Garvey
as Man at Fruit Stand
Shane Snider
as # 1 Future Folk Fan
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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (10)

  • A delightful sci-fi adventure that simultaneously strips the genre down to its low-tech basics and infuses it with audacious new verve.

    Apr 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It is so charming and sweet ... and the songs are so winning that it is impossible not to fall for it.

    Jul 25, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The nonsense proves good, goofy fun that works well because "History" at least acts as if it takes itself seriously, going easy on obvious ironies while dishing out catchy tunes.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of unadulterated escapism in which the craftsmanship lies not in visual polish but the universal appeal of a catchy tune.

    Jun 6, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • The movie could have made its points - war is bad; music is the universal language - in half the time. But the harmonies are sweet, the acoustic picking impressive.

    Jun 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It may not make much sense in a brief plot summary, but it makes perfect, daffy sense on the screen.

    May 30, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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