Movie Review: The History of Future Folk

The History of Future Folk

A musical/SciFi/comedy/romance – this recent independent film has it all. Starring Nils d’Aulaire and Jay Klaitz, the duo are aliens who form bluegrass music – with a cult following. The songs are clever and funny. And the story is compelling and charming.

Fans of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will enjoy this comical romp. My favorite scene is a montage of a humorous tango with the suddenly suave Jay Klaitz while our hero Nils d’Aulaire fights a fearsome alien bounty hunter. And the scenes when the aliens hear music for the first time are priceless. The History of Future Folk is a sweet and lighthearted film that I highly recommend.


The History of Future Folk is available now on iTunes.

Official Synopsis:
THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK tells the hilarious (and possibly exaggerated) origin story of the real life alien bluegrass band, Future Folk, that has been charming NYC audiences with their live act for the better part of a decade. When a comet threatens to destroy their planet, the citizens of Hondo enlist their most decorated soldier, General Trius (Nils d’Aulaire), to search for a new home planet- and wipe out the current inhabitants with a flesh-eating virus. After landing somewhere near Brooklyn, General Trius wanders into a megastore to unleash the terror… when he’s suddenly enchanted by a strange and mystical human invention known as “music.” They don’t have music on Hondo, and since it’s the best thing he’s ever heard, General Trius immediately abandons his mission to eradicate the human race, assumes the name Bill, starts a family, and launches a one-alien bluegrass act in a tiny bar owned by Larry (Dee Snider).

Years later, his peaceful life is disrupted when the Hondonians send a bumbling assassin named Kevin (Jay Klaitz) to get the mission back on track. Although subduing Kevin is no challenge for the great General Trius, the Hondonians have no intention of calling off their plan to eliminate mankind, so Bill and Kevin must join forces to save Hondo, prevent an intergalactic takeover of Earth, and hopefully get some bigger gigs for the universe’s first Hondonian bluegrass duo: Future Folk!

DIRECTED BY: J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker
STARRING: Nils D’Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery, April Hernandez, and Dee Snider
For those in the area, the Future Folk band has an upcoming gig, opening for The Difibulators at the Brooklyn Bowl on 8/28: