We, here at Geek Girl Authority, can really appreciate some quality science fiction. And, there’s a film that’s getting buzz at SXSW this week that’s peaked our interest. Writer/directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell’s sci-fi western feature, Prospect, has earned praise for world-building, atmosphere, and practical effects. We’re into that.
Prospect stars Jay Duplass and Sophie Thatcher as father and daughter scavengers that risk traveling to a remote moon for a big score. This film hits one of my very favorite themes in sci-fi that shows like Firefly and The Expanse have addressed so well: frontier-ism. There is danger in the unknown, but if you’re willing to risk it, great reward. Of course, their trip to the ‘green moon’ doesn’t go exactly as planned.
In an interview with Deadline, Earl and Caldwell described their process of bringing their imagined universe to life. They convinced their producers to build the world of the film from the ground up, for seven months, ‘brick by brick’. As Earl put it, “It was just this one big box that this family of people in Seattle came together [in]. Seattle particularly, not a lot of big movies happen up there, so we had people who were carpenters and bike builders, people who were so excited to enter into this fictional world,”. And, they did a pretty good job. You can watch the trailer here and see what they were able to accomplish in that box.
A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They’ve secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon’s toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest’s other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father’s greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.
Prospect is still on the festival circuit. If you’re interested in finding out more about the plot, you can check out Variety’s review of the film HERE. Stay tuned, and we’ll let you know when you can see it for yourself!