Seattle rock band Alice in Chains has released the first two episodes of Black Antenna, a dark sci-fi thriller set against the backdrop of the band’s Grammy-nominated album, “Rainier Fog.”
The webseries tells the story of Alpha (played by Green Book actor Paul Sloan) and his 21-year-old daughter, Beta (Viktoriya Dov), who drive their beat-up truck across California in silence.
Speaking only telepathically. Now we’re cooking with sci-fi!
Together they rob and steal from the men the girl seduces, taking cellphones, laptops, whatever they can find. Alpha is trying to build something – an antenna – desperately trying to find a way to get a message to their people back home. Meanwhile there are unspeakably dark forces who have discovered their existence, and are now hell-bent on tracking them down and eradicating them before more of their kind can come and join them.
The first two episodes were directed by Adam Mason, written by Paul Sloan and Adam Mason and produced by Elizabeth Mason and Nick Vallelonga, who recently won two Oscars (“Best Original Screenplay”) and (“Best Picture”) for Green Book.
Vallelonga also has a cameo in episode one of Black Antenna, “The One You Know.” Take a look at the pilot episode below:
“This movie came out of nowhere for me,” says Mason. “As soon as I heard the album, the music and lyrics spoke to me on a profoundly personal level and the film and subject matter was born directly out of that. I’ve always been a huge fan of Alice In Chains, and this has been a dream come true for me. Black Antenna is a perfect synergy of the band’s lyrics, and Black Antenna paints a dark and beautiful canvas of the deeply conflicted world we live in today.’
Here is episode two, which is NSFW:
(Warning: Episode 2 contains some nudity)
Mason has also just directed two movies for Blumhouse (Get Out, The Purge, Insidious) and Hulu (The Handmaid’s Tale), the first of which premieres this coming weekend at SXSW.
The band first teased the film/album connection with last May’s release of lead track “The One You Know,” which was directed by Mason and featured an electrifying band performance interspersed with cryptic cinematic scenes from the film.
Alice in Chains is currently touring Australia and New Zealand and recently announced an epic co-headlining summer amphitheatre tour with Korn.
Black Antenna also stars Darri Ingolfsson (Dexter) as Nil, Lily Robinson as Malum, Eric Michael Cole (Gia, White Squall, Hangman), Mike Hatton (Green Book), Luke Shelton, Jerry Raines, and Daniel Louis Rivas.
Special make up effects are by Autonomous FX (Blade Runner 2049, Bright, Mindhunter, Maze Runner). Jason Collins is an executive producer along with Alice In Chains.
Source: BWR Public Relations