No, "The History of Future Folk" isn't a movie about a new folk revival or about a new band, where some critic 'has seen the future of folk, and it is.....' With the Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and Boston/Cambridge's own wonderful The Ballroom Thieves, the future of folk is doing just, fine thank you.
"The History of Future Folk" is a wacky, charming, funny and touching movie about an alien invasion of earth that gets waylaid after the alien who lands hears music for the first time. He comes from Hondo, and on Hondo they don't have anything like this incredible, miraculous invention - music.
Real life bluegrass (kind-of) duo Nils d’Aulaire and Jay Klaitz have been gigging around the New York area as Future Folk for ten years and created the characters they play in the film. The movie was apparently written around the characters, who sing catchy novelty songs like 'The Moons of Hondo', 'Space Worms' and 'The Universe Within.'
In the movie, Nils d'Aulaire, Hondonian General Trius, lands on earth first, falls in love with music, gives up his plan to take over earth by unleashing a flesh eating virus, starts playing a local gig, gets married (but his wife doesn't know) and has a daughter. Jay Klaitz is Kevin, a bumbling Hondonian sent to assassinate General Trius, or Bill, as he's now called, but falls in love with music instead, as Bill plays him a medley of bits of history's greatest hits on the banjo. It's a funny, wonderful scene - Kevin, who Bill had tied up, begins laughing in uncontrollable joy and dumbstruck revelation as he hears the classic snatches of music Bill plays for him, face deadpan, knowing the effect it will have.
The two men form as a duo at the local club where Bill's been playing, and their fame and fan-base grows. They wear their Hondonian uniforms, which are black and red, with helmets that look like upside down buckets. Soon their indie geek fans are coming to gigs with red plastic buckets on their heads singing along to their songs of longing for Hondo. The plot thickens as a nasty creature sent from Hondo comes to set off the flesh eating virus and Bill and Kevin juggle marital/girlfriend issues while trying to save earth.
The winner of numerous film festival awards, it's charming, funny, touching and entertaining, definitely low-budget, but nicely shot and edited, destined to become a cult classic.