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It’s the 22nd century. A female cyborg is called on a mandatory mission, forcing her to leave her greatest love. Both despondent from the separation, one departs on a life changing journey to a place which redefines imagination.
SYNOPSIS (with spoilers & why this is a story worth telling)
In a metropolis at the north pole on planet Earth, a female cyborg (“The Occupant”) is called on a mandatory long term mission to travel along a space elevator through the Aurora Borealis to serve aboard Space Gate Auroras. Forced to leave her pregnant partner, another female cyborg (“The Loved One”), they say goodbye for an extended period. Two women, human or not, in love, are forced to separate and say goodbye for an extended period of time as one departs on a life changing journey to a place that redefines imagination.
Auroras is a seven minute long science fiction short film with an overarching feature storyline. The short was originally written in 2010 and is comprised of a basic storyline executed in an complex technological way. Development has been extremely slow because the film is primarily made by one independent filmmaker, Niles Heckman, with limited resources. It’s been a very slow but steady side project, and is nearing completion. Due to its limited budget combined with high quality computer graphics using only two computers, it’s been over three years in production.
The film is a duel production venture between Heckman’s AURORA-LAB, a small independent film collective based out of Los Angeles (named after this project) and Marauder Film, a San Francisco production company founded by Bastiaan Koch.
Science fiction is not about the future, it’s about the present. Marriage equality and equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, has come a long way in recent years but still has a long way to go. The film has a feminine theme and an unconventional storyline that would likely not be risked in a large budget Hollywood film. Set in a technologically advanced future, the overarching feature storyline is an embrace of the divine feminine over male dominance.
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