FUTURESTATES is a series of short narrative films from veteran and emerging filmmakers, transforming complex social issues into visions of our world in the decades to come. In Season Four, seven filmmakers envision our society at a crossroads, where discrimination, environmental catastrophe, visitors from the future and other worlds test the bonds of our humanity. Will we stand together, or break apart? Nothing is inevitable but the future.
by Rosemarie Troche
In 2024, gender is identified by microchip implant, and trans people like Elliot are classified “third.” But can he change his identity in an attempt to build a safer life?
by Mohammad Gorjestani
A cyber attack on the United States Immigration database puts Sonia at risk of being deported back to Iran. But remaining in the U.S. may come at a greater price than she’s willing to pay.
by Joseph Lin
Refugees from the dystopian future are immigrating to the past, and citizen watch groups have formed to stop them. On his first “border patrol,” teenage Jackson must choose between his father’s principles and his own sense of humanity.
by Christopher Munch
Retired inventor Will Friedrich and his son are forced to evacuate their home during a tsunami. As they make their way east, they encounter a pioneering community that leads Will to consider returning to his work in free energy.
by Julian Breece
Organ Harvesting Initiative surgeon Isaac North visits a Colorado refugee town where quadriplegic Luther Hillman has signed up to be euthanized in return for his wife’s medical care, his organs harvested for more “productive” citizens.
by Lisa Robinson
The web is no longer secure, but NeuroLock can encrypt data using the human brain. Iris struggles to choose between unemployment and a job as a “neuro-messenger,” a career with unwanted side effects.
by Andrew MacLean
Two astronauts on a prospecting mission to find a new supply of energy crash land on a distant planet, where alien beings offer a chance at a survival — but at a great cost.