2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be
|2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Marco Checa Garcia|
|Screenplay by||Derek Ryan|
2 B R 0 2 B|
by Kurt Vonnegut
|Music by||Leon Coward|
2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be is a 2016 Canadian short science fiction film directed by Marco Checa Garcia and based on the short story "2 B R 0 2 B" by Kurt Vonnegut. The film was an international collaboration over nearly three years, with additional crew in Sydney, London, Mexico, and the Netherlands. The film features a cameo voice role by veteran actor and The X-Files star William B. Davis. The film's sound was designed by BAFTA-winner Martin Cantwell.
In the year 2204, the Earth has become a dystopian wasteland. In order to maintain strict population levels, any newborn is only permitted to live if another person's life is traded in and a receipt issued. Edward K. Wehling, Jr. sits in Chicago Lying-In Hospital waiting for the birth of his triplets, except he has no receipts to collect them.
- Mackenzie Gray as Dr. Hitz
- Tyler Johnston as Edward K. Wehling, Jr.
- Jason Diablo as the Painter
- Melissa Roxburgh as Leora Duncan
- Artin John as the Orderly
- William B. Davis as the voice of Granddad
An IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign was announced in a press release on 20 November 2013. Shortly after, it was announced that actor Paul Giamatti was attached to the project as the character Dr. Hitz. Actor Mackenzie Gray took the role of Dr. Hitz after Giamatti left due to scheduling conflicts.
The film's visual design was prepared by artists working from Vancouver, Sydney, and the Netherlands. Filming took place over three days at the Waterfall Building in Canada. Visual effects were mostly done by Facet School of VFX, Mexico. The film was edited in Vancouver, but its picture lock was undone and post-production was moved to Sydney for editing, additional visual effects and music. Sound designer Martin Cantwell joined the project, working from London.
The film premiered at the Sci-Fi-London festival on 29 April 2016, and later in Los Angeles at the Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival. Shortly after, the film was selected for the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest.
An official trailer was released on 1 November 2016.
2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be received positive reviews from critics, festival organizers and festival audiences. Daniel Abella, director of the New York Science Fiction Festival, called it one of the six must-see films of the festival and Outer Place critic Chris Mahon described it as "well-executed and beautifully shot." WILDsound Fest's official full-length review of the film by Kierston Drier described it as "one of those rare gems of short cinema that will set your philosophical mind in motion... There is a level of polish and richness that any lover of science fiction and literature will appreciate and admire." Screenwriter and Motherboard contributor Michael L. Piel praised how the adaptation "unfolds like a finely-tuned play, revealing world and character details at a steady, controlled pace." John Vaughan, director of The Golden Blasters (The National Irish Science Fiction Film Festival) described the film as "An unconventional short film... it captures the sense of unease that would come if you glimpsed this particular future." Dumbbells & Dragons critic Rachel Bohlen rated the film as her third favourite from the HollyShorts Film Festival (Los Angeles), describing the film as a "terrifying view of our future" and that the adaptation "adheres almost completely to the short story, and I must warn you – there's no happy ending here. It's bleak but thought-provoking." Lund International Film Festival's Jimmy Seiersen described the film as "suspenseful and thoughtful."
Both the film's art direction and soundtrack have also received critical praise. CEO of WILDsound Fest, Matthew Toffolo and the festival's audience praised Leon Coward's interpretation of The Happy Garden of Life mural into a complex, story-rich work of art, concluding that "from a cinematic point of view... they did nail it." In an essay/interview published in The Schubertian (Journal of the Schubert Institute UK), Anna Black described the soundtrack's use of Schubert's Ave Maria as "a lasting and haunting shred of beauty and humanity in a future where it has otherwise been abandoned."
Festival selections, awards & nominations
|2016||Sci-Fi-London (International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film)||London, UK|
|2016||HollyShorts Film Festival||Los Angeles, California USA|
|2016||LA Shorts Fest (Los Angeles International Short Film Festival)||Los Angeles, California USA|
|2016||Miami Short Film Festival||Miami, Florida USA||Best Film||Nominated|
|2016||Best Short Fest||San Diego, California USA||Best Film||Nominated|
|2016||Sydney Indie Film Festival||Sydney, Australia||Best Sci-Fi Short||Won|
|Best Short Screenplay (Derek Ryan)||Nominated|
|2016||KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival||Corona, California USA||Best Sci-Fi Short||Won|
|2016||Indie Fest USA International||Garden Grove, California USA|
|2016||Silicon Valley International Film Festival||California USA|
|2016||The Golden Blasters Science Fiction Short Film Awards (The National Irish Science Fiction Film Festival)||Dublin, Ireland||Best Film||Nominated|
|2016||YES! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival||Montreal, Canada|
|2016||The Montreal International Wreath Awards Film Festival||Montreal, Canada||Best Picture||Nominated|
|Best Director (Marco Checa Garcia)||Nominated|
|Best Actor (Tyler Johnston)||Won|
|2016||Fantastic Planet (Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival)||Sydney, Australia||Best Film||Nominated|
|2017||New York Science Fiction Film Festival||New York USA|
|2017||Vancouver Short Film Festival||Vancouver, Canada|
|2017||WILDsound Fest||Toronto, Canada||Best Film||Won|
|2017||Boston Science Fiction Film Festival||Boston, Massachusetts USA|
|2017||The Philip K. Dick Film Festival||New York USA|
|2017||Lund International Fantastic Film Festival||Lund, Sweden|
|2017||Signes de Nuit||Lisbon, Portugal|
|2017||Eerie Horror Film Festival||Pennsylvania USA|
|2017||Buffalo Dreams Film Festival||Buffalo USA|
|2017||Canada Shorts Film Festival||Canada||Best Picture||Nominated|
|2017||Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest||Bucharest, Romania|
|2018||Miami International Sci-Fi Film Festival||Miami, Florida USA|
|2018||Dam Short Film Festival||Boulder City, Nevada USA|
|2018||Love Your Shorts Film Festival||Sanford, Florida USA|
|2018||Top Shorts||Online Film Festival (February), Los Angeles, California USA||Best Sci-Fi||Won|
|Best Director (Marco Checa Garcia)||Won|
|Best Actor (Tyler Johnston)||Won|
|2018||Festigious International Film Festival||Online Film Festival (February), Los Angeles, California USA||Best Picture||Won|
|Best Actor (Mackenzie Gray)||Won|
|2018||The Monthly Film Festival||Online Film Festival (February)||Cinematographer of the Month (Chris Banting)||Nominated|
|2018||Los Angeles Film Awards||Los Angeles, California USA||Best Sci-Fi||Won|
The film screened, accompanied by a talk "Vonnegut's 2BR02B on screen: the art and music of the 2016 adaptation (dir. Marco Checa Garcia)", at the joint NZMS (New Zealand Musicological Society) & MSA (Musicological Society of Australia) conference in Auckland, December 2017.
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