From Soylent Green and A Clockwork Orange in the ‘70s, to robot-flicks Blade Runner and Terminator in the ‘80s, to 12 Monkeys and The Matrix in the ‘90s, the sci-fi “dystopia” movies that have come out of our cinemas over the years are seemingly endless.
Besides their obvious entertainment value, such films have long-existed as a means to warn against the dangers of certain elements of contemporary society.
In the 2010s, at least if filmmaker Robert Everest has his way, one of these symbolic Blockbuster tales will be SANTO 7.13.15., which will serve to comment on the real, current and potential future dangers of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
There has already been a ton of buzz—both positive and negative—surrounding Everest’s pre-production project, which is currently seeking financial backing via the web funding platform Indiegogo.com.
In a future 2045 when the world is rife with overpopulation and famine, the film introduces Santo, a biotech food giant—sound familiar?—whose GMO super-foods are introduced to “save” the starving masses, all the while blighting them with autoimmune disorders, food intolerance and sterility.
Santo finds that, in order for humans to survive on their super-foods, they must undergo a series of genetic enhancements. In lobbying the government for permission to implement these modifications to the ill-fallen hordes, the biotech tycoon also wins the right to claim ownership of any human’s DNA or body that has been genetically enhanced.
For those human modifications that were deemed less than desirable, Santo has the right to “recall.”
Cue protagonist Maxwell Cooper, whose own newborn daughter was born by way of the Santo cure, although with a disability that would lead to her inevitable recall. Disowned by his wife and his only progeny dead, Cooper sets out to expose the biotech giant’s injustices to the world.
Robert Everest was inspired to make this film when he lost his mother to cancer—a disease that he feels is largely proliferated by the genetically-engineered crops, pesticides, and chemicals, like Bovine Growth Hormones (rBGH) of biotech companies like Monsanto.
While SANTO 7.13.15. is incredibly personal to Everest, he also feels that its message is relevant to the well-being of all of us. “It’s your movie, not just mine,” the filmmaker said via on Indiegogo.
Besides the deleterious effects and potential implications of GMOs, SANTO 7.13.15. “will interweave the hidden agendas between Industry & Government, the abuse of Intellectual Property rights, the loss of Biodiversity and many other issues. It will also probe the motives of decision makers and the consequences of creating laws that favor Corporate interests over Human Rights”
So far, a number of respected anti-GMO advocates have announced their backing of Everest’s project, including Tami Canal—the founder of March Against Monsanto, Pamm Larry—the originator of California’s 2012 Prop 37, which aimed for GMO labeling, and Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com.
Over the past few weeks, SANTO 7.13.15. has come under fire on social media outlets for being a bogus project run by a sham director.
Adams was able to debunk this notion in a recent article, where thorough research lead him to the conclusion that all of the negative hype was part of an “elaborate” disinformation and paranoia campaign involving social media operatives—perhaps Monsanto-hired “negative P.R. trolls”—whose aim has been to “halt donation funding for the film and hopefully see the film fail (thereby helping the biotech industry avoid taking another bullet in terms of public perception).”
You can help the anti-GMO community stack their arsenal by donating to SANTO 7.13.15. here.
If the project reaches its funding goal, Everest anticipates that he will begin filming by October 2013.