Escape Velocity Celebrates Alien with Short Films and More
See the Alien Universe Short Films
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of Alien, the Museum of Science Fiction will screen all six of the new Alien Universe short films at its Escape Velocity 2019 convention (May 24-26). 20th Century Fox selected these final winners from over 550 entries, and this will be the first time anywhere that all six films will be shown together.
Alien: Alone — Hope, an abandoned crewmember aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and directed by Noah Miller.
Alien: Containment — Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and directed by Chris Reading.
Alien: Harvest — The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along. Directed by Benjamin Howdeshell.
Alien: Night Shift — When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands. Written and directed by Aidan Brezonick.
Alien: Ore — As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family. Written and directed by the Spear Sisters.
Alien: Specimen — It’s the night shift in a colony greenhouse, and Julie, a botanist, does her best to contain suspicious soil samples that have triggered her sensitive lab dog. Despite her best efforts, the lab unexpectedly goes into full shutdown and she is trapped inside. Little does she know, an Alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host. Written and directed by Kelsey Taylor.
Look Back on 40 Years of Fright
On Friday evening (May 24) Escape Velocity will feature Alien: 40 Years of Fright, a discussion with Charles de Lauzirika, director of the definitive documentary “The Beast Within: Making Alien” and producer of the Alien Anthology Blu-ray Collection.
“Ever since I was 11 years old and saw Alien opening night in 1979, through my time producing behind-the-scenes content for Ridley Scott, the Alien franchise has had a profound impact on my career and life,” said Lauzirika. “Getting to share my passion for the film and discuss its legacy and impact with so many science fiction fans at Escape Velocity is a high honor.”
Play the Aliens Game
Award-winning game publisher Gale Force Nine will be showcasing Aliens: Another Glorious Day In The Corp, the new cooperative survival game where you and your team of specialist Colonial Marines will gear up with serious firepower and head into Hadley’s Hope to find survivors and answers. But you’re not alone. To survive, you’ll need to work together, keep your cool, and stay frosty to fight off relentless Xenomorph ambushes and get out of there alive.
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