See, the problem I have with that statement is that I do like the smaller, the quieter Science Fiction films precisely because they don't have some of those -- ahem -- big deals. A SciFi indie has to work harder and work smarter to get its ideas across precisely because the reliance upon the story is typically much higher than those tentpole projects. If all you want is spectacle, then I think you're truly missing out on some interesting side diversions, one forthcoming one of which looks to be the indie thriller Shifter.
I happened across the preview via a web advert and checked it out. Yes, it's a quieter tale than some of the big studio stuff, but do you really want to be that picky in the age of COVID-19? It looks like we're getting fewer and fewer releases for the foreseeable future, and I, for one, wouldn't mind a little something something different to pass the time.
For what it's worth, it has a festival win to its credits, and that generally bodes well for these smaller releases. Check out the preview for yourself as Shifter looks to shift onto various online streaming platforms this upcoming August 6th. I'll also post selected yet official details after the trailer below.
The film had its world premiere at this year’s deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City, where it won Best Oklahoma Feature.
Director/writer/producer Jacob Burns says, "What excites us most is that it was obvious from the beginning that Jonathan and Shaked were genuine fans of the film. We took a chance on making SHIFTER because we truly believed in what the film could be, so we are incredibly grateful to have found a distributor who believes in the film as much as we do. The Horror Collective has a reputation of releasing unique, memorable, and just plain awesome horror films of all types and it’s an honor for SHIFTER to be included among them."
Writer/producer Zach Burns states, “With SHIFTER we wanted to make something people hadn’t seen before. We are so excited to work with Shaked Berenson and Jonathan Barkan at The Horror Collective because they strive to not only embrace and celebrate genre filmmaking but also to help push it forward!”
“We created The Horror Collective to give a voice for a diverse and wide range of voices in the horror genre.” commented Shaked Berenson, The Horror Collective’s CEO, “As a sci-fi thriller, SHIFTER is a great addition to our already eclectic library.”
Producer/Composer Vinnie Hogan adds, "Planet Thunder Productions wants to be a group of movie fans that make movies for movie fans. We were so excited when we met Shaked and Jonathan and discovered that The Horror Collective is a distribution company created by horror fans for horror fans! Our main goal with SHIFTER is to capture exactly that: the essence of what makes unique films exciting to watch."
Jonathan Barkan, The Horror Collective’s VP of Acquisitions and Distribution, comments, “SHIFTER hypnotized me from the first frame. It’s daring, bold, and a stunning display of independent genre cinema pushing boundaries and telling captivating, engaging stories. I am so proud to have The Horror Collective’s name on this film and I look forward to sharing it with genre audiences.”
A young woman experiences painful and gruesome side effects after an experiment with time travel goes wrong.
Directed by Jacob Burns, who co-wrote alongside Zach Burns, SHIFTER was produced by Jacob Burns, Zach Burns, and Vinnie Hogan.
SHIFTER stars Nicole Fancher (Unchained Love), Ashley Mandanas (Golden Arm), Paul T. Taylor (Hellraiser: Judgment), and Jamie Brewster (The Adventures of Jurassic Pet: Chapter 1).