Syfy’s ‘Caprica’ hits the film festival circuit

Caprica,” a new drama from Syfy, will make the film-festival rounds before it debuts on Jan. 22.


The two-hour “Caprica” pilot, which was written by Ronald D. Moore and Remi Aubuchon and directed by “Friday Night Lights” veteran Jeffrey Reiner, will be screened at the San Diego Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival this fall.

Dates for the screenings are as follows:

  • San Diego Film Festival, Sept. 26
  • Woodstock Film Festival, Oct. 2 and Oct. 4
  • Austin Film Festival, Oct. 24 (there will be a screening as well
    as panel discussions from Reiner and star Esai Morales) 

“Caprica” is a prequel series that takes place five decades before the events of “Battlestar Galactica.” It follows two rival families, the Adamas and the Greystones, and no previous “Battlestar” knowledge is required to watch the new show. “This …standalone series will feature the passion, intrigue,
political backbiting, and family conflict in an omnipotent society that
is at the height of its blind power and glory…and, unknowingly, on the
brink of its fall,” according to a description from Syfy. 

My review of the “Caprica” pilot, which is already out on DVD, is here.

Moore talks a bit about the project, which also stars Paula Malcolmson, Eric Stoltz and Polly Walker as powerful members of Caprican society, in this video

Patton Oswalt, James Marsters and “FNL” alumni Scott Porter have all been cast in recurring guest roles on “Caprica,” which also has several “BSG” alumni on its writing and production staffs. (To see what various “Battlestar” alumni are up to — and some of them have written and directed “Caprica” episodes — look at this story.)

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