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PREVIEWS: Journey to Mark Lund's FIRST WORLD

Mark Lund has always been a SciFi fan. When he was publishing his magazine on competitive skating or commenting on-air for both the Olympics and Prime-Time TV, he was still, like so many of us, a Science-Fiction loving doorQ, with a front row seat in the world of Imagination. When it came time to make a movie, it wasn’t ice skating he picked but SF. And the hero of his short just happens to be gay. 

 

FIRST WORLD is the product, an short-film which serves as a taste for the larger feature-film Lund hopes to get off the ground next year. When the Chinese government launches a secret mission to the Moon, catching the world off guard, an epic conflict is set in motion, one which will reveal secrets, traitors, and a hero faced with an incredible burden. A hero who just happens to be gay.

 

"I always though it wrong that STAR TREK never had a gay character on it," Lund told me over a recent phone call. "When I set out to tell the story, I wanted a hero who exemplified all the qualities from the protagonists in the films I grew up on. And he was gay." The short for FIRST WORLD introduces this in a low key, it-just-is, way. Cedric, the protagonist, is at home with his boyfriend when all hell starts breaking loose in the world. "The point of the story isn’t Cedric being gay — it just happens that he is — but rather everything that’s rapidly happening around him and to which he’s key."

 

FIRST WORLD was produced in four days for a budget of around $16,000. Its plot is flavored with bits of scifi as well as the Tom Clancy techno-thrillers Lund also loves. It’s meant to introduce the larger story of FIRST WORLD, please audiences and get them hungry to see the full feature. It might just work: FIRST WORLD has played 19 festivals both here and abroad to lots of applause. It’s also attracted interest from several financiers interested in doing the full feature. "Momentum is being developed," Lund says. "I’m really hopeful I can get this made."

 

"You know, we’re everywhere, making the world a better place," Lund says. "In FIRST WORLD, we get to save it too."

 

Check out the trailer for FIRST WORLD in doorQ’s theater.

The short itself is available at IMDB.

And for more info, check out the FIRST WORLD Official Movie Website

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