We are announcing the upcoming SF disaster movie “Risen” and share the first trailer for it, as well as its release date. “Risen” is directed and written by Eddie Arya and stars Nicole Schalmo, Jack Campbell, Dominic Stone and others. “Risen” is released in the US on August 20th, 2021.
Disaster unfolds in Badger, New York, when a meteor strike contaminates the air, turning it toxic. The entire town drops dead – plants, animals, and humans – nothing survives. Lauren Stone, an exobiologist, tracked by Homeland security over the years for her controversial views, is called in for assisting with the investigation. As she begins to uncover the truth, it becomes apparent that this meteor is an attack from a hostile extraterrestrial world. It becomes a race against time to make contact with the life-force as humanity faces the verge of mass-extinction
Check out the first trailer for “Risen” below.
Here’s what Eddie Arya (best known for the psychological thriller The Navigator (2015) and the Australian drama The System (2018)), the director and writer of “Risen” has to say about the movie.
“The film aims to highlight the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. People ask me what scares me the most? The idea of losing planet Earth to different species overnight scares the hell out of me. I’ve had nightmares about planets colliding or alien invasions. Risen is basically my nightmare and I wanted to make this movie and share it with the rest of the world. My vision on how this planet could end has always been slightly different to other major blockbusters. People look up at the sky and see the moon and the stars. I look up and see life, but I also feel a little threatened by what’s out there. I see other civilisations, much advanced civilisations.
Risen is desperation. Desperation of a dying species as their home is no longer habitable for them to live in. They’re searching for a new home. Now, as the human species, what would we do if we were in search of a new planet, a new home. In desperation, would we invade another planet and wipe out an entire civilization? The answer is yes, we would. We’ve done it right here on this planet to our own species, and in most cases not out of desperation, but just greed, different religions and beliefs or just pleasure.
Being obsessed with space and aliens and my true passion for filmmaking, Risen was a perfect movie to combine the two together. Risen is not just any indie movie that was shot locally in someone’s backyard, but I wanted to take the audience through a true cinematic journey with breathtaking sceneries and just show them how beautiful and precious this planet is before ending it all.
Risen is a visual movie and Alberta Canada was a perfect backdrop. It created a nice contrast, going from the beautiful snow fields and mountains of Alberta to the Australian forests, and the colours of India.
I wanted to make a simple movie without a lot of scientific slang and words used. I may have also left a couple unanswered questions and have left it to the audience’s imagination to solve the puzzle.”
Let’s find out more about the cast of the “Risen”
Nicole Schalmo (Lauren) is a New York City based actress, was born in Colorado and raised in San Bernardino, California. She attended Adelphi University in New York where she received her B.F.A. After touring with Missoula Children’s Theater, she returned to New York City where she performed in various theatrical, independent film and series pilot projects — including AryaVision’s latest feature film RISEN.
Jack Campbell (Colonel Emmerich) grew up on a wheat and cattle farm in outback Australia, then moved to Sydney where he studied performing arts at the Actor’s Centre. Since then he has worked extensively in the Australasian and American film and television industry. In 2008 Jack was nominated for Best New Talent at the Australian Television Awards (Logies). Following this, he starred as the romantic lead in Australia’s top rating medical drama, ALLSAINTS, playing Dr Steve Taylor in over one hundred episodes of prime-time television for the Seven Network. Jack went on to star in several Network dramas, before playing the infamous 1920’s gangster, Big Jim Divine in Australia’s highest rating television drama, UNDERBELLY: RAZOR for the Nine Network.
Then played John Bertrand in HOUSE OF BOND also for the Nine Network. Jack has played the lead role in feature films including THE PACK, which was released on Netflix in 2017. Following this, he starred opposite Byung Hun Lee in The Warner Bros film, SINGLE RIDER, which was released in 2018. Then in 2019 he played the lead-antagonist in the feature film, CHOIR GIRL. In early 2020, Jack starred in the feature film THE AMERICAN KING, before playing Colonel Emmerich in the forthcoming feature film, RISEN. Jack’s theatre performances include SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION for Sydney Theatre Company. And more recently playing Governor Macquarie in MACQUARIE for The Parramatta Riverside Theatre. Apart from his love for acting, Jack is well renowned throughout Australia for live speaking, as well as being an established television presenter and voice over artist across Australian television and radio. Jack also created and hosted the popular internet radio show called A POSITIVE SPIN. The show was sponsored by the Salvation Army and was designed to teach Sydney’s inner-city street kids how to turn negatives into positives. Jack is currently based in Sydney, Australia.
Dominic Stone (Rob Windsor) has extensive experience and a passion for creating success. With over 25 years in the field of acting, he brings discipline, profound awareness and stillness to his work. Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he has been passionate about creating the highest possible standard drama on stage and screen. In 1999 he founded the Newtown Acting school and is committed to mentoring & developing actors. He has had over 100 commercial and artistic bookings in the last 3 years in film, t.v. and theatre. Recent highlights include filming in Calgary Canada on the feature film RISEN and developing his own pilot for television. He has been a practitioner of Aikido (a non violent martial art) for over 20 years. Kenneth Trujillo (David Santiago) is an American actor and filmmaker. Born in New York, he moved to Atlanta, GA to continue his work in television and film. He is best known for this work in DIE HARD, opposite Kevin Hart and John Travolta. His next project is the upcoming Korean War epic DEVOTION, starring Jonathan Majors, directed by JD Dillard.