According to the official press release from October Coast, Neil Johnson’s independent science-fiction movie Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter starring Malibu-based actress Tracey Birdsall has been officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This is big news for the indie sci-fi and horror community! It’s not very often that a horror movie gets recognition from the Academy, never mind an independent feature. Seeing this news pop up in my feed felt like a major win for indie filmmakers everywhere.
Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter was released in theaters, and later on DVD and VOD through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The movie was written and directed by sci-fi veteran Neil Johnson (Starship Rising 2014) and stars Birdsall as a rebellious, robot-fighting arms dealer. The film also stars William Kircher (The Hobbit), Daz Crawford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Stephen Manley (Star Trek III), and Marilyn Ghiggliotti (Clerks).
Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter centers around an arms dealer named Sienna played by Tracey Birdsall (Dawn of the Crescent Moon). In the aftermath of the apocalypse, the world is being taken over by a villainous army of robots known as the A.I. Scourge. Sienna decides to depart from Earth so she can find a mythical weapon to take these robots out. The task proves to be a daunting one as she attempts to save the last of humankind.
The nominees for the 24 categories are typically announced on the second-to-last Tuesday of January, so this year will fall on the 23rd. The Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2017 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California at 5:00 p.m. PST on March 4, 2018.
As horror fans as well as indie movie lovers, it is our job to make sure that news like this finds its way to the mainstream masses. Independent filmmakers are often dismissed by Hollywood and movie watchers alike, so seeing a film like Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter get noticed is a big win for us all. Spread the word!