Each episode presents a different vision of American society in the not-too-distant future, by each filmmaker (or as ITVS calls them, “Independent Prognosticators“) – using speculative fiction to explore, on film, social issues.
We've been following the series since its first season, featuring some great Futurestates films from filmmakers like Barry Jenkins, A. Sayeeda Clarke, Tina Mabry and others.
This season (season 4), we'll get to see the work of Julian Breece - a short titled The Living.
Here's its synopsis:
Organ Harvesting Initiative surgeon Isaac North visits a Colorado refugee town where quadriplegic Luther Hillman has signed up to be euthanized in return for his family's medical care, his organs harvested for more “productive” citizens.
It stars Brandon Scott, Harmony Santana (her first role since starring in Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road last year), Sy Richardson, and Lisa Goodman.
While we wait for season 4 of Futurestates to begin in about 3 weeks, watch the trailer for Breece's The Living below:
This year, all 7 shorts will air on FUTURESTATES.tv, PBS.org, and on PBS.