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  • History of Future Folk, The | Review

    LA Film Fest 2012

    By | June 23, 2012


    Future Folk

    Directors: John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker

    Writer: John Mitchell

    Starring: Nils d’Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery, April L. Hernandez, Dee Snider, Onata Aprile

    Bill (Nils d’Aulaire) and Kevin (Jay Klaitz) have been individually dispatched from Hondo (“Hondo!”) on missions to annihilate all Earthlings so that Earth — despite its lack of space worms — can serve as the new home for Hondonians. The guitar-strumming and banjo-picking duo, however, become enamored by Earth’s beautiful music and complicated women. Bill and Kevin do not want to destroy the species that created music; besides, they kind of like Earth. Unfortunately, they have no way to communicate their new agenda to the leaders of Hondo (“Hondo!”).

    J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker’s The History of Future Folk is a clever micro-budget sci-fi homage that poses the question: “Can[‘t] we all just get along?” The History of Future Folk serves as an oh-so-clever origin story for the band Future Folk — a Brooklyn-based acoustic two-piece that plays some pretty [inter]stellar folk music. Bill is able to use his backstory as Hondo’s General Trius as a nightly bedtime story for his human daughter (Onata Aprile), but the lies and deceptions are not healthy for his marriage to Holly (Julie Ann Emery). Alas, this people’s history of outer planetary inhabitants turns into a tear-jerker of a love story…not that there is anything wrong with that.

    Rating: 7/10

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