Venus is a short live-action science-fiction film inspired by cyberpunk classics like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell, and more broadly, films such as Ex Machina, Under the Skin, and Cam. Their Kickstarter campaign ends Thursday, 6/27/19 and has already reached it’s base goal of funding. Consider backing this effort to make this project even better! Learn more at www.venus-film.com.
There are a lot of cyberpunk-themed Kickstarters out there (and we’d like to feature lots more of them), so it may be hard to keep up with all of the potential projects. After looking into the team involved with Venus, we feel that the community will appreciate what they are trying to accomplish.
From the project description:
‘Cyberpunk’ typically blends lowlife and high tech, depicting futuristic urban dystopias in which advancements in technology can raise questions about cybernetically enhanced bodies, the implications of digital worlds, and what it means to be human, all against a backdrop of social upheaval and extreme inequality. You know, pretty small concepts!
With these ideas in mind, it seems like an obvious genre through which to also explore crucial modern-day issues of sexism, sexuality, and objectification. Yet it’s rare to see these worlds from the perspective of a female protagonist while also engaging with these issues.
Venus intends to do just that, as well as embracing the action, excitement and compelling visuals of the genre. The story is about the relationship between Iris and her insurgent mother, who goes to desperate lengths to bring her dead daughter back to life; as a result, Iris is thrown into a hostile world in an unfamiliar body designed for sex and violence.
The film is a progressive representation of gender and identity in the most progressive of genres. The intention is to create a thrilling and thought-provoking short film with a real-world importance.