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The History Of Future Folk (2013)

The History Of Future Folk (2013)

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Critic 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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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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Critic Reviews for The History Of Future Folk

All Critics (31) | 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.

April 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.

July 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.

July 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.

June 6, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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.

June 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…

Audience Reviews for The History Of Future Folk

Can you imagine a film that incorporates elements of drama, romance, comedy, sci-fi plus lots of catchy songs... and that at the end almost everyone likes it!? It is hard to imagine, but this movie is one of the kind, and it manages to be adorable with all of the above in it! Director John Mitchell's debut has it all - aliens bent on world destruction, boy-meets girl/boy-gets-girl, action adventure, and a soundtrack which will follow you for days even if you are not a fan of that kind of music. Unique and charming, this piece of real film art will have you humming and repeating the word "Hondo" long after you've finish watching it. This film is actually setting the background story of the futuristic folk duo Future Folk, who have been performing to packed crowds in and around New York and Brooklyn for several years. Using their alien personas and building a thrilling backstory around them, the film manages to please the crowd and bewitch us all at the same time while we together follow the hilarious adventure that lives up to its tag-line: Probably the only alien-folk-duo sci-fi-action-romance-comedy ever made! I have to say that Jeremy Kipp Walker is the real star of this project together with the main protagonists. His recent producing credits include "It's Kind of a Funny Story" starring Zach Galifianakis; "Half Nelson", for which Ryan Gosling received a 2007 Best Actor Academy Award nomination; "Cold Souls" starring Paul Giamatti; baseball odyssey "Sugar"; Moroccan-based thriller "The Passage" and the deep space thriller "Europa Report". Impressive, but none of them reached the smoothness and satisfaction like his directing debut - this one The History of Future Folk. He previously co-directed the award winning short films "Super Powers" (Best Narrative Short Film Award - 2007 Tribeca Film Festival) and "Goodnight Bill" (Jury Award for Best Short Film - 2005 Austin Film Festival; Audience Award for Best Live Action Film - 2005 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival; Jury Award for Best Short Film - 2005 New Orleans Film Festival and a Best of Fest Screenplay Award - 2005 Rhode Island Film Festival). I am looking forward for the next film! If you are in a mood for a gentle and infectiously joyful family-friendly comedy about aliens who call off an invasion of Earth because they're charmed by earthlings' music, chose this one. You should be feeling invigorated after watching it. In fact, if that does not happen, please watch it again. You definitely did something wrong the first time.

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

½

This is proof, again, that you don't need a gigantic budget to make a really good movie. Hell, part of the film's charm is the film's lo-fi look and feel. The film benefits from a damn good script with a lot of heart and charm and some incredible original songs, that's all this film needed to be good. It doesn't matter that it looks like it was shot for less than $10,000, the quality of the script, the cast, and the songs overcome all the obstacles. Perhaps my biggest complaint about the movie is that there weren't ENOUGH original songs. That's how good the songs are, that you're disappointed that there aren't more of them. The story isn't really there to make you think about complex issues as much as it is there to put a smile on your face. And it definitely put a smile on my face as I had a lot of fun watching this film with its charming presentation. The film is also really funny, but I don't think it ever loses sight of its story, and I liked the fact that its massage wasn't as heavy-handed as it could've been. They don't beat you over the head with the fact that war is bad, and stupid, and music is the universal language, it is there, but it isn't unbearable. This is a very good movie and it's definitely a lot of fun to watch even if the story is a little all over the place at times, that's definitely why the film defies classification. It's a sci-fi/comedy/romance/musical/slight social commentary/action film. It's definitely an unique experience, but it's a really good one at that.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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