One of the nerdier films at this year's Tribeca Film Festival is a documentary called Journey to Planet X. We've written about it before, comparing it to American Movie and showing you its trailer, and now that we've seen it we're following through on our promise to let you know how it is. Movies.com editor Scott Weinberg and myself decided to forego a traditional review and instead have an audio conversation about the film since we both walked away with different feelings and opinions.
Journey to Planet X follows two real-life scientists from South Florida, who, in their spare time, enjoy making really campy sci-fi movies. The doc picks up as the two prepare to shoot their most ambitious film yet, Planet X, and it follows them as they storyboard, cast, film, edit and then eventually attempt to further their filmmaking careers by getting it into a film festival.
First, watch the trailer below. After you've got a sense of the film, you can hop down to our audio conversation. We'll be posting an interview with the two amateur filmmaker subjects of Journey to Planet X later this week.
Here's our audio conversation ..
The film's official synopsis:
Eric Swain and Troy Bernier are scientists by day and amateur filmmakers by night. Over the years these two friends have turned out many of their own amateur, sci-fi inspired movies. Journey to Planet X follows the filming of Planet X, the duo’s most ambitious endeavor to date, and sheds light on their unique brand of “movie magic.”
While Troy views Planet X as an opportunity to launch a career in the movie-industry, Eric is content with making films as a playful and creative hobby. Troy’s bold new aspirations greatly exceed anything they’ve accomplished in previous films and the pressure of raising the bar forces both to take a leap of faith. They recruit the involvement of everyone they can find – from their own family members, to co-workers, and local aspiring actors. They shoot on sand dunes, highway overpasses, and inside an industrial-sized freezer at a local supermarket. Together with their cast and crew, they form an unlikely community of like-minded adventurers.
Eric and Troy are inspired by the transcendent nature of moviemaking itself, where the fantasies of being space travelers, charming leading men, and even successful filmmakers, all seem quite possible. Our documentary captures their struggle to realize their filmmaking dream.