Afrofuturist Sci-Fi Indie Film - ‘Bar Star City’ - Set to Go Into Production This Fall


Ytasha Womack has established a name for herself in recent years, as a leading proponent and advocate of the concept of Afrofuturism, with her acclaimed, best-selling book, “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture,” as well as her latest sci-fi book, “Rayla 2212.”

She is also a filmmaker, producing and directing previous romantic comedies, "The Engagement" and "Love Shorts," and was also the co-producer of the documentary "Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake."

Now Ms. Womack's latest feature film, which she wrote and will direct, titled "Bar Star City," is set to go into production on the Southside of Chicago after a successful Indiegogo campaign.

Starring ObiSoulstar (above), Fanta Celah, Kfleye, Mel Roberson, and Harold Dennis, the filmmaker describes "Bar Star City" as a “sci-fi film with Afrofuturist themes," adding that it will “follow two star crossed lovers from opposite ends of time who decide to make a bar on the Southside of Chicago their home. The dive hovers at the intersection of Time, Memory and Love and finds 'the magic in the ordinary' among its cast of offbeat patrons."

Or, as co-producer Tiffany Tapley puts it more simply: “Think 'Cheers' meets Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain'.”

"I'm making this film because Afrofuturism is a part of life," Womack says. I think it's fun to explore the sci-fi-isms and surreal nature of daily and future life. This film bridges time, memory and love. I've found that those are strong touch points for people. I want 'Bar Star City' to bridge the art, otherworldly, the here and now, and the laughably ironic, in a visual explosion that splashes all over your glowing screen."

Why shoot the film in Chicago? Aside from being a Chicago native and living in the city, Ytasha says adds ”… [I’ve]  found the extraordinary in the ordinary. I want to highlight sci fi-isms in unexpected places. The South Side of Chicago is a portal of its own with wonder and fantasy and I want to tell more of those stories as well. But also because “whenever I tell people I'm doing a sci fi film about a South side bar that's a portal to other worlds they say 'Oh yeah, I've been there!”

A trailer was recently shown at The Afrofuturism Now festival in Rotterdam, and generated interest among sci-fi fans.
Source: Indiewire 21 October 2015