The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) continues to bring thought-provoking films to the Adirondacks as part of the winter AFS Screening Series.
Wetware, a sci-fi film from Vermont Director Jay Craven, will make its Adirondack debut at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this Friday, February 28th. Craven will be on hand to answer questions about his latest collaboration and why making films grounded in the North Country is an important part of his process.
“There is a different connection when an audience is attuned to their own sense of place,” Craven said. “We’ve had great success reaching deep into the region. To me, the North Country is everywhere from the Adirondacks to Maine. People familiar with the area will recognize that this latest film was shot in Burlington and Brattleboro. Indigenous cinema tells stories that are recognizable when told in a particular way.”
Directing and writing the futuristic film noir is a new territory for Craven. The story is based on the Craig Nova novel of the same name. Wetware explores a world where menial jobs are given to creatures with modified genetic code. Through genetic engineering, humans are turned into Mungos, altered humans with enhanced stamina. The Mungos can withstand strenuous jobs like slaughterhouses or industrial agriculture. When a pair of enhanced Mungos escape, the geneticist responsible for their code discovers a secret.
“William Gibson said that the future is now, it’s just not evenly distributed,” says Craven. “I feel that the slogan for this film is ‘The future is now.’ The film explores sciences and politics that are happening right now.”
Craven has been advocating for regional filmmaking for the past 30 years. To date he and his partner Bess O’Brien have produced 10 award-winning dramatic films, 11 documentaries, an Emmy-winning television show, and a radio variety show.
Through their production company Kingdom County Productions they continue to create numerous film and live theatre opportunities that grow out of local concerns.
Tickets for Wetware will be available at the door on Friday, February 28. The screening takes place at 7 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and all tickets are $10.