SOURCE: ITVS

ITVS

March 14, 2011 09:00 ET

FUTURESTATES: Ten Short Films, Ten Visions of the Future by Ten Visionary Indie Filmmakers

Series Debuts March 16, 2011 on www.futurestates.tv

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - What if you were given a glimpse into what America will be like 20, 30, or even 50 years from now? Would it change the way you live today? The Independent Television Service (ITVS), which produces, high-quality public broadcasting and new media programs, announces the second season launch of FUTURESTATES, a collection of 10 shorts exploring possible future scenarios through the lens of today's global realities. Launching March 16, 2011, FUTURESTATES will be available on futurestates.tv with subsequent distribution on pbs.org beginning March 18, 2011.

"Issues related to the environment and to economic hardship remain among the most urgent issues explored in the second season of FUTURESTATES," said series manager Karim Ahmad. "But the series also explores LGBT civil rights, urban planning, and the proliferation of electronic waste. Now more than ever, FUTURESTATES promises to make us think about the road ahead and what it means for how we live our lives today."

ITVS worked with established filmmakers and emerging talents to produce FUTURESTATES, which presents a different filmmaker's vision of what life might look like in an America of the future by fusing an exploration of social issues with elements of speculative and science fiction.

"It's interesting to have an opportunity to direct a film dealing with issues that are also a projection of the future," said award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), who directed Remigration for the series. "I think it's a really important series because there's an issue at the heart of it."

The series launches with Beholder, (March 16) a film from award-winning filmmaker Nisha Ganatra, whose past directorial work includes films such as Chutney Popcorn, Cosmopolitan, and Cake. Touching on issues of race, sexual orientation, and conformity, Beholder examines the notion of identity, and the costs of belonging in a bipartisan world. In Barry Jenkins' Remigration (March 21), San Francisco has created a program to "remigrate" working-class families from their rural homes in the exurbs back to the city that once pushed them out. But can they learn to trust their former home once again? In Asparagus (March 24) by Robby Henson, an introverted and cerebral agricultural engineer who monitors a regimented greenhouse laboratory learns a lesson about life and love from a renegade asparagus.

Other contributors include international award-winning director/writer Suzi Yoonessi (Dear Lemon Lima, Vern, No Shoulder) who directs The Spring of Sorrow (March 28). In this short, sisters Lily and Isabelle live a nomadic life, displaced by global warming. When Isabelle falls sick, Lily embarks on an imaginative journey to find the mythical "Spring of Sorrow," an everlasting spring of fresh water. Digital Antiquities (March 31), a film by filmmaker and playwright JP Chan, is set in 2036, where all digital media is permanently stored in "the cloud." Data recovery store employee Cat, and Kai -- a young man with an old compact disc -- discover a secret that will unite them forever.

The remaining shorts to be released throughout the month of April include: Exposure by Mia Trachinger, The Dig by Bennett Cohen, White by A. Sayeeda Clarke, Worker Drone by Sharat Raju, and That Which Once Was by Kimi Takesue.

In addition to the projections into the future presented in the shorts, viewers will get a chance to forecast future events in the popular "Predict-o-Meter." The engagement feature allows viewers to submit their own predictions about life in 5, 25, or even 100 years from today. Viewers can comment on the predictions of others and share their own via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about FUTURESTATES and for episode trailers, visit: futurestates.tv.

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