First contacta new Sci-Fi, Horror and Thriller will be released on June 6, 2023, on digital and DVD by Uncork’d Entertainment which acquired the North American rights. First contact is a creature feature that uses powerful practical effects and correctly answers a very powerful question, “Are we alone?” First contact It premiered at Panic Fest in April.
I was immediately impressed by Wemple’s use of practical effects whenever possible, and that alone really set the stage for the enjoyment I got from watching it. First contact. I have to admit; I’m not a sci-fi fan by any means. However, this film injected enough satisfying horror for me and fans of the genre alike.
The story is captivating and holds remnants of an old one X files episode, you know, that show that ran in the 90s for eleven seasons? Fox Mulder and Dana Scully? Yes, that one! As the film began to develop their own lore, I wondered if we might see a sequel one day.
We spoke to the film’s director and writer – Bruce Wemple, and Anna Shields and James Liddell – about this project. We discuss their use of practical effects, their beliefs in aliens, problematic issues during production, their most memorable and challenging scenes, and of course much more!
There’s a unique energy and dynamic when a team gets together and starts talking about their experiences in a production together, and this group was no exception. It was nice to hear every part of the production relived. Even if the budget and time are not that of a major Hollywood feature film, discovering the common challenges and triumphs in a film is rarely without problems, but the payoff is always worth it.
First contact tells the story of two estranged adult brothers, Casey and Dan, who travel to their scientist father’s farm to understand his incomplete work. They soon learn that their father’s work was far more dangerous than they could ever imagine: an evil entity, buried in time and space for millions of years, has been released and has begun wreaking havoc on the locals. One by one, the bodies begin to gather. Now, Dan and Casey must uncover the secrets of this extradimensional monster before it’s too late.
Enthusiastic Keith Leopard, President of Uncork’d Entertainment, says: “Bruce Wemple’s latest film has it all – a strong script, incredible effects, great performances and brilliant direction. After such a strong success at Panic Fest, we expect the film to do very well when we release it in June.”
About Uncork’d Entertainment
Uncork’d Entertainment was founded in July 2012 by Keith Leopard, a veteran of the Home Entertainment industry. The company focuses on distribution in six areas: digital media, physical home entertainment, aggregation, theater and television, and outside sales, and has secured relationships across all platforms to ensure your film reaches the widest possible audience.