Back in 2016, J.J. Abrams held a Star Wars Fan Film contest. It inspired many upcoming filmmakers to grab the nearest camera and start shooting, whether it was intended for the festival circuit or not. One of who were inspired was filmmaker Andrew Bowen, and his passion project is now a reality.
The film? A short called The 716th, and it is set to debut at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Bowen didn't just write and direct the short film — he stars in it, was a producer on it, did production and costume design, and edited it, among many multitasking roles.
Today we have an exclusive first look at the trailer for The 716th, which you can watch right here. Set in 2072, the short tells the story of two insubordinate combat medics, and their attempt to rescue a pair of space-age infantry soldiers.
It certainly looks exciting, and the notion of a bunch of outcasts, misfits, rebels, and heroes trucking through space is a proven winner. Bowen says he pays tribute to "the generation of films that inspired him buy including various pop culture Easter Eggs in the set and costume design." Though just a trailer, we can definitely see a fine attention to detail in the design of this misfit space adventure— both Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy come to mind (in a good way) and the design looks like a cross between classic Steven Spielberg and Neill Blomkamp.
Made after a year of "blood, sweat, tears, ibuprofen, and Band-Aids," the film definitely looks (and sounds) like a labor of love. Produced by The Rogue Initiative, the film also stars John Asher, Lauren McFall, and Taj Speights, and was produced alongside Jenn Page, Jonathan Alvord, and John Maclay. Daniel C. Allison was the executive producer.
The short will play at various times from April 20-28 at the Tribeca Film Festival. If you're interested in checking it out, take a look at the screening schedule here.