History of Future Folk (2012)

  • Comedy, Musical, Science Fiction
  • 1h 25m

For a limited time only, the band Future Folk has generously made the purchase or rental of the History of Future Folk free for the Alamo on Demand Community. We can think of no better escape from the emotional drain of COVID than this delightful film Fantastic Fest favorite. Use the discount code “HONDO2” during checkout for your free rental or purchase.

When a comet threatens to destroy their planet, the citizens of Hondo send General Trius (Nils d’Aulaire) to find a new planet on which they can live. After landing on Earth somewhere near Brooklyn, General Trius chooses to ignore his mission to eliminate the indigenous peoples after wandering into a megastore and hearing music for the first time. He assumes the name Bill and starts a family and one-man bluegrass act.

His peaceful life is disrupted when the Hondonians send a representative- a bumbling fool named Kevin (Jay Klaitz)- to Earth to assassinate General Trius and clear the way for an invasion. Bill finds it easy to subdue Kevin with music and the two form a band called Future Folk that becomes popular in New York bars. The problem is, though, the Hondonians have no intention of calling off their plan to eliminate mankind.

THE HISTORY FUTURE FOLK, the feature debut of directors John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker, is the impossibly charming and clever origin story of the real life “Acoustic Space Aliens” who have been perfecting their act for more than 6 years in the New York City area. For all of its sci-fi elements, at the heart of the film is the immediately lovable personality of Future Folk, whose songs are enormously catchy and lyrics are full of the wit on which the movie the built. The deep love d’Aulaire and Klaitz have for music is apparent in every scene and while watching their musical performances in the film one starts to believe that two guys with a banjo and a guitar (along with some fancy red spacesuits) really could save the world through sheer charisma. (Brian Kelley)

Director

John Mitchell

Language(s)

English

Bonus Content

3 mins
LA LUNA EXTRANJERA - Live at the Knitting Factory

Future Folk performing La Luna Extranjera live at the Knitting Factory in New York, July 23, 2014.

4 mins
STING THEORY - Live at Pete's Candy Store

Sting Theory by Future Folk performed live at Pete’s Candy Store

7 mins
OVER THE MOON - Live

Over the Moon performed live by Future Folk

4 mins
Chromosome Z _ Live at the Knitting Factory

Chromosome Z by Future Folk performed live at the Knitting Factory