We haven’t been shy about our love for the new hard science fiction flick Europa Report here at GFR. Partly because we try not to root for any science fiction project to fail, even if it isn’t our cup of (infinite improbability engine-powering) tea, and all the more so when it’s an original project rather than a sequel, prequel, remake, or adaptation. Factor in the fact that it’s an underdog, indie flick and we can’t help but hope for Europa Report to be a big hit. The flick has been available on demand for a while now, but it’s just getting a theatrical release this week. To help promote that release, the film’s director and producer are joining two consulting scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are doing a Reddit AMA this afternoon.
If you’re not hip to the lingo, AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything,” and it’s precisely that. Somebody hangs out on Reddit for a while answering questions from readers. The AMA subjects can be anything from creative types such as filmmakers and writers, to non-famous people who just want to share information about their life or areas of expertise. Checking the site right now, you can see that recent AMAs run the gamut from a prison nurse, to an editor of the Chinese government’s official news agency, to the Most Interesting Man in the World himself.
AMAs can be informative, entertaining, and every once in a while a huge clusterfuck. I imagine the Europa Report AMA will tend toward the first two, but who knows, maybe there are some really pissed-off Europa Report trolls out there who might surprise me.
You’ll be able to shoot your questions to Europa Report director Sebastian Cordero, producer Ben Browning, and NASA JPL scientists Steve Vance and Kevin Hand, both of whom served as science advisers on the film. The AMA will kick off in about an hour, running from 2pm – 4:30pm PST. All you have to do is click over to Reddit at the appropriate time and join in the fun. You might learn something!
Europa Report follows a privately funded expedition to Jupiter’s moon of Europa. Their mission is to investigate the possibility of life existing in a hidden ocean below the moon’s frozen surface. A terrible accident kills one of the crew and leaves them with no way to communicate with Earth, and soon they discover that Europa may hold greater secrets than they could have imagined.
Europa Report is still available on demand and via sources like Amazon Instant Video. You can find the list of theaters where it’s playing by checking out Magnolia Pictures’ website, and read our review right here.