Future '38

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The future. Look forward to it!

1938’s finest film reveals the wonder-world of 2018 A.D.

In this “lost” 1938 film, an intrepid agent travels time to the far-off future: 2018 AD! He fights the Fuhrer and goes gaga for a gal… but will he leave his love to save civilization?

Filmed in eye-popping vintage SpectaColor, it’s classic Hollywood in all its glory. Starring ESSEX, the dashing dimpled hero and BANKY, the gorgeous leading lady with a wicked wit and world-weary edge. Plus scheming hoodlums, gleaming sky-scrapers, and screaming laughs! All set in OUR MODERN WORLD... as imagined by the film-makers of 1938.

The film’s female lead is BETTY GILPIN, who has become a star via her lead role on Netflix’s GLOW. She is also known for high-profile roles on Nurse JackieAmerican Gods, and Masters of Sex.

The male lead is NICK WESTRATE, who plays Robert Townsend on the acclaimed AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies and has appeared on Mildred PierceBlue BloodsPerson of Interest, and Quantico.

Future ’38 begins with a highly tongue-in-cheek introduction by NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, the internationally famous astrophysicist and science communicator. He is most widely known for hosting Cosmos and StarTalk.

SEAN YOUNG is an icon for her role in Blade Runner. She’s also starred in No Way Out, with key roles in DuneAce Ventura Pet DetectiveStripes, and Wall Street.

ROBERT JOHN BURKE was the lead in Robocop 3 and many other features, including various Hal Hartley films. He is widely known for his television roles on Law & Order SVUGossip Girl, and Rescue Me.

ETHAN PHILLIPS played “Neelix” on every episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He was also a regular on Benson.

Cast & Credits

Nick Westrate (Turn: Washington’s Spies)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Robert John Burke (Robocop 3)
Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Sean Young (Blade Runner)
With an introduction by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos)

Winner: Slamdance (Audience Award)
Winner: Gasparilla International Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize)
Winner: Auckland International Film Festival (Best Film)
Nominated: Utah Film Awards (Best Feature Film & Best Costume)

"If Ed Wood + John Waters somehow adopted a baby and raised them to make a film in modern-day midtown Manhattan, the result could be something like Future ’38”… A wacky trip into the past and future.”
- Hollywood Reporter

"Time-travel masterpiece… deliciously goofy homage to Hollywood's golden era of two-fisted heroes, screwball comedy, Nazi spies, and, of course, the glorious possibilities of science! … Bang-crash dialogue, delicious spiky sparks between Gilpin and Westrate.”
- Austin Chronicle

“Ideal Escapism with Plenty of Pastels.”
- Indiewire

“The future may always change, but great love stories are timeless.”
- Yahoo Movies

“Ambitiously designed and retro-inspired comedic adventure… Spitfire dialogue laced with puns and two lead performances (by Nick Westrate and Betty Gilpin) straight from a classic B-movie come together for a highly entertaining dose of ingenuity.”
- Moviemaker

“The notion of seeing our very near future through the eyes of the days long gone is extraordinarily intriguing, and the way it’s pulled off is wildly entertaining… Future ’38 is hands down the most original comedy I’ve seen in recent memory. Definitely catch this one as soon as you can.”
- Film Threat