In Capsule, two astronauts struggle to stay alive as their crashed space capsule slowly runs out of oxygen.
“I wanted to create a short film that paid homage to an overlooked age of sci-fi which took place in the 70's and 80's," says Antonio "Tony" Altamirano, the director of the 7-minute film. The film maker, who was born in Lima, Peru says his inspiration comes from films like Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes, Alien, Logan’s Run and Blade Runner.
In today's age of profit driven movie making that leans toward projects that cater to the masses, filmmakers like Altamirano often fall through cracks, eventually having to awaken from their cinematic dreams to find steady work that will pay the bills.
Thanks to the wonders of online distribution and the mission of public television, Altamirano is getting his project out in front of a national audience in a big way. Capsule is one of 25 films to be showcased in the 2013 PBS online film festival set to run March 4 through March 22.
The film run the gamut from scripted projects to documentaries and were produced by several public media partners, including Independent Television Service, POV, the Center for Asian American Media, the Latino Public Broadcasting, Vision Maker Media, National Black Programming Consortium and Pacific Islanders in Communications.
Capsule along with the other films will be available on all PBS digital platforms, You Tube and social media channels. PBS will announce the film with the most votes in April and it will receive the People’s Choice Award.