SOUTH DAKOTA PREMIERE
Genre: Short Narrative
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Adult language or content
Q&A with WALTER BRANDES & CHRISTINE VERLENY
Cast & Crew
DIRECTOR Walter Brandes, Renée Stork
WRITER Walter Brandes
PRODUCER Walter Brandes, Christine Verleny
KEY CAST Anthony Grasso, Christine Verleny, Renée Stork, Amanda Brooke Lerner
In an environment where androids are met with hostility and outrage by human beings, "Kill Al" tells the story of Femtel 216 and Femtel 303, two female synthetic beings confined to work in a sub-basement of an auditing firm. Each discovers their own emotional life—one through art, the other through being abused and the aggressive emotions that follow thereafter.
KILL AL has been a journey of firsts for me: first screenplay, first time producing, and first time directing. A longtime lover of science fiction, KILL Al gave me the opportunity to revel in a genre that allows the writer and director to bend all the rules, building new worlds and creating fantastical beings to explore the future of humanity and beyond.
KILL AL is extremely timely and begs the question "Should we be opening the 'Pandora’s Box' of Artificial Intelligence (AI)?" The story also dives deeply into how sexual abuse has permeated our existence. With headlines saturated in the rise of AI technology as well as the #MeToo Movement and all that it encompasses, KILL AL is a thought-provoking exploration of human and AI behavior at a time when all focus is on both.
I was influenced by many sci-fi greats (both in novels and film) in the writing of KILL AL and already have a sequel, The Femtel Series, in pre-production. It is my great hope that the wildly talented cast of KILL AL will be back for this next installment.
They say that 90% of directing is casting. I had the great fortune of working with a cast who was able to bring more vulnerability, depth, and complexity to my characters than what was written on the page.
And then life interrupts. We barely had the first shot in the can when I received the news that my mother passed away. One is never ready to receive such news. My family felt strongly that I should complete the film, however, and I knew profoundly that my Mom would want this as well. While it was indeed difficult to live in the skin of both film director and grieving son while shooting, I can honestly say that she was with me, keeping my focus sharp. The movie is dedicated in her memory.
Kill Al is a movie made from passionate collaboration, teamwork, and the astonishing talents of the entire team. I hope it will move you as it has moved me. Enjoy the journey. I know I did.