Author Ytasha L. Womack has unveiled the concept trailer for her original Sci-Fi film “Bar Star City.” The film follows the story of a Southside Chicago bar owner whose life changes upon discovering that his longtime business is actually a hub for galactic phenomena. The trailer follows the success of Womack’s 2013 book “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture,” a definitive work exploring the intersections of science fiction, race and culture of the African diaspora within the literary, musical, visual and performing arts.
Prior to Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, Womack published “Rayla 2212,” a novel following the journey of Rayla Illmatic, third generation citizen of Planet Hope on the quest to save a group of lost astronauts and the future of her people, all while navigating time travel, virtual worlds and the trials of love. Womack is also the creator of films The Engagement and Love Shorts.
Afrofuturism compels liberation and empowerment of Black people in an artistic space. At the center of an Afrofuturist narrative there will be tributes to the past while considering futuristic spaces for people of color. Technological advances and societal trends have aided the progression of independent Afrofuturist work, allowing original content to be produced without backing or endorsements from multimillion dollar studios. With the rise of independent media outlets owned by creatives of color, Black Sci-Fi media content is successfully bridging the gap between the audience and silver screens, galleries, and theaters throughout the diaspora.
Womack has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $9,500 in 30 days for the production of “Bar Star City.” Click here for more information on the film and how you can contribute today.