Wednesday, April 24, 2013

STRANGE FRAME: Instant Cult Classic

Some films are instant cult classics the minute they appear. G.B.Hajim's STRANGE FRAME is one such film.

This animated SF adventure also looks like a bona fide science fiction romance! With lesbian heroines! A far-future setting! Multicultural romance! Genetic mutations! And rebel rock stars! I mean, you can't go wrong with that kind of combination. Quality issues aside, this premise is bold, original, out there, over-the-top, experimental, risk-taking, and just plain wild. STRANGE FRAME is the type of SF-romance hybrid movie that gets me salivating.

Here's the blurb courtesy of IMDB:

28th century, 200 years after the Great Earth Exodus. Naia, a feisty, young singer/songwriter, falls in love with the beautiful saxophonist Parker in Ganymede, one of Jupiter's moons. The two form a band - and now they have to not only make it as musicians but also to fight for their freedom. Dramatically rendered in rich, hand drawn animation, Strange Frame brings us into a world of space pirates, indentured slaves and genetic mutations - infused with music throughout, to create a dreamlike tale unlike anything you've ever seen.
The romantic subplot includes Parker joining forces with junk cruiser pilots to rescue Naia from evil record executive Dorlan Mig.

STRANGE FRAME has a *very* unique look, which a DVD Talk article described thusly:
Advertised as the world's first lesbian animated sci-fi film, Strange Frame was crafted by director / co-writer G.B. Hajim out of hand-cut paper, similar to South Park. Even the harshest critics will have to concede that the movie is an electrifying trip for the eyeballs, fully embracing a visual style that, at most, very few films share.
You gotta check out the trailer [WARNING: Mature Content Ahead]:

Doesn't that blow your mind? I can't wait to see this film. It may not be perfect, but it sure promises an interesting adventure.

Here's some more information from a Huffington Post article, including a list of the actors who lent their voices to STRANGE FRAME. You might recognize a few:

“Strange Fame” is directed and co-written by GB Hajim and openly lesbian musician Shelley Doty, distributed by Wolfe Video. Veteran stars such as Tim Curry ("Ricky Horror Picture Show"), George Takei ("Star Trek") and Juliet Landau ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") have lent their voices for the colorful and vibrant film about genetically modified lady lovers who are seduced by fame.

The film will become available for order on March 19 and is currently available for streaming via Sistah Sinema Online
You can also access STRANGE FRAME through Amazon's Instant Video service.

Learn more about director/producer/co-writer GB Hajim at the STRANGE FRAME official movie Website.

STRANGE FRAME must be doing something right to attract such major coverage (especially given the decidedly niche subject matter). I wonder what this could mean for science fiction romance?

Joyfully yours,