A new local film is combining teen angst and super powers in a unique, Oklahoma-made movie.
Kyle Roberts, the owner of a local motion picture company, Reckless Abandonment, is working on his latest project, “Posthuman.”
The film combines two of Roberts' favorite things: '80s teen movies and superheroes.
“Think ‘Breakfast Club' but with super powers,” Roberts said.
“The superhero stuff is the fun part,” Roberts said. “But the film is really getting at the heart of being a teenager.”
Almost as unique as the concept of the film is the way the film is being released. Roberts is no stranger to experimenting with new things. It will be released in weekly, eight to 12-minute segments online.
“A lot of independent films will spend thousands of dollars trying to get it into festivals — and that's just a maybe,” Roberts said. “We're bypassing all of that and just putting it online.”
“Posthuman” follows five teenagers who, by a freak incident on a climbing trip in the Quartz Mountains in southwest Oklahoma, receive super powers right before graduation.
The film takes place entirely in Oklahoma and features almost exclusively Oklahoma talent.
Oklahoma native Alexandra Harris is one of the stars of the film.
“I'm super-excited,” Harris said. “It's different from anything I've gotten to do.”
While it is a movie about people with super powers, it is more character-focused than action-focused, though there will be plenty of both.
“I feel that when they get their powers, they start discovering who they are as a person,” Harris said. “It's like a projection of who they are.”
She said she is excited for something like this to happen in Oklahoma.
“It's not something you see here often,” Harris said. “If you were in L.A., you might expect it. But Oklahoma City making a superhero movie — it's going to be great.”
A campaign for the film has been started at indiegogo.com. It features a test clip and ways people can donate for the film.
“We launched it on Friday (June 23),” Roberts said. “We've raised almost $5,000 in four days.”
The campaign will help to pay for special effects, basic production fees and actors.
The film will feature an Oklahoma cast and crew, including Noah Crawford, an Oklahoma native who is in Los Angeles filming a Nickelodeon show, “How to Rock.”
Crawford is used to playing a superhero. He voiced the lead character in the cartoon “The Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.”
A prequel comic to the film was created by Marvel Comics artist Javier Saltares. It is available on the film's campaign website. The comic book also serves as a promotional tool for the movie.
“What better way to promote the movie than through a comic book?” Roberts said. “It's a unique way of doing a press kit.”
The movie is set to be filmed in August and plans are for distribution in the spring to coincide with high school graduation.
To learn more about the project or donate to the project, visit indiegogo.com/posthumanfilm.