Local Filmmaker Mark Borison's Latest Sci-Fi Short to be Screened at Urban Artifact

The event may be titled "Mark Borison's Secret Film Screening" — but, we'll give you the lowdown anyway

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click to enlarge Poster art for "Subject Six-Alpha Two" - Provided by Local Film Productions
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Poster art for "Subject Six-Alpha Two"

An unhappily married couple finds themselves trapped together during a mysterious quarantine. As tensions mount, their relationship begins to unravel — as do their minds. But what lurks beyond the confines of their house? 

That's the conflict explored in the short film Subject Six-Alpha Two. If all that sounds very Black Mirror, that's because, well, it is. 

Writer and director Mark Borison — who was voted CityBeat's "Best Local Filmmaker" in 2019 — said in a release he was inspired by the ever-popular and twisted science-fiction anthology series to make something "interesting and pure, hard sci-fi for Cincinnati film fans."  

Borison stars in the flick alongside Allyson West, founder of the Cindependent Film Festival who just so happens to also be 2019's "Best Local Filmmaker" runner-up. You can catch the film during a limited screening at Urban Artifact this Sunday (Nov. 24) at Urban Artifact at 7 p.m. Local actors Sharon Ford, Tommy Kowolonek, Maile Spencer and more also make appearances. (The event may be dubbed "Mark Borison's Secret Film Screening" — but, we'll give you the lowdown anyway.) 

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The film comes hard on the heels of Borison's 2018 short film Chiluminati, which garnered several awards as part of that year's Cincinnati 48-Hour Film Project — an event in which teams write, shoot and edit a movie in two days. 

Is there any better way to prepare for Thanksgiving than by kicking back and watching a flick about people who can't stand each other being trapped in a house together with no foreseeable end to the madness? The real horror is that this couple doesn't appear to have hoards of food to keep them occupied. 

Other independent films curated by Borison and West will be featured at the upcoming one-time-only Urban Artifact event. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at CincyTicket.com. Borison announced via Facebook on Nov. 18 that they were already halfway sold-out — so snag 'em while they're hot. Bonus: Posters and various merch will be available for purchase. 

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