Three years in the making: Part two of a locally produced sci-fi epic premieres tonight at The Mill

Moon Zero Three at the Deadwood
Part two of Moon Zero Three premieres tonight at The Mill. — photo by Zak Neumann

Moon Zero Three premiere

The Mill – Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. (free)

A science fiction passion project filmed entirely in Iowa City premiers tonight at The Mill on behalf of PATV Channel 18. Co-created by Iowa City residents Al Stroh and Josh Goding, Moon Zero Three features Iowa basketball legend Acie Earl as Fasthorse, a fast and loose space rogue that Stroh likens to the famed television detective Columbo.

The film is three years in the making.

Are you getting this?

Stroh, Goding and company have spent countless hours utilizing green screens, amalgamated model kits and optical trickery to create a spacefaring tale for the (Iowa City) ages. Featuring some of the best amateur acting Iowa City has to offer, the film is wrapped in a colorful ’70s aesthetic paired with copious amounts of dancing. It’s like Bollywood, but better.

Part one of Moon Zero Three screens at The Mill tonight at 7 p.m., with part two premiering at 8 p.m. The third and final part is slated for release in early 2014. This is a free event.

Check out the teaser trailer below if you’re still on the fence (you maniac). For a more candid look at Moon Zero Three, PATV recently released a 12-minute behind the scenes video.

Moon Zero Three teaser trailer:


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