Robot Stories and More Screenplays
by Greg Pak
"An exhilarating ride by a masterful filmmaker, four utterly engrossing tales which speak with the wisdom of parables to our technologically-obsessed age. Greg Pak infuses each moment of this beautiful film with an infectious wonder at the joys and complexities of existence."
- David Henry Hwang, Tony Award Winner
"Greg Pak's fantasy anthology piece, which details the ways robots have complicated the lives of humans, has a dexterous sense of wonder...He's a talent with a future."
- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"An award winning filmmaker and now hot as hell newcomer…[Pak] is a writer on the cusp, right at the unique precipice between upstart and industry great."
- Joe Quesada, Editor in Chief, Marvel Comics
San Francisco, California-June 11, 2005-Immedium, Inc., proudly announces the publication of Robot Stories and More Screenplays by critically-acclaimed writer and director Greg Pak. Featuring a foreword by heralded playwright David Henry Hwang, best known as the author of M. Butterfly, this book collects Pak's award-winning film scripts for the first time. The lead screenplay Robot Stories was Pak's first feature film which has screened theatrically worldwide, won 35 film festival awards, and is now available on DVD and VHS by Kino International.
The film Robot Stories was science fiction from the heart: four stories starring Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club, Babylon 5) and Sab Shimono (The Big Hit, Suture) in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of the near future. Appealing to fans of fantasy, film, and a rising Asian-American writer, the book contains the same intertwined tales:
· My Robot Baby: a couple must care for a robot baby before they adopt a human child.
· The Robot Fixer: a mother tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection.
· Machine Love: an office worker android learns that he, too, needs love.
· Clay: an old sculptor must choose between a natural death and digital immortality.
The Chicago Tribune called the film "one of the most moving pieces I've seen all year," and TV Guide wrote "Following in the footsteps of Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling and Philip K. Dick rather than George Lucas, Pak returns to the tradition of intelligent, humanistic sci-fi and reminds us of the value of good genre fiction." The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel forecasted, "If this well-done collection of four shorts was on paper instead of film, you'd find it in the pages of The New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly. Writer-director Greg Pak focuses on our contemporary computerized lives -- occasionally delving into the future -- in a weighty and relevant anthology."
Robot Stories and More Screenplays also includes more scripts that span Pak's burgeoning career: Mouse; Cat Fight Tonight; Corporis Vesalius; and Asian Pride Porn and All Amateur Ecstasy, two short films which are among the most watched downloads on AtomFilms.com. The book features an original introduction and commentary by the author on each screenplay, plus cast photographs, a glossary of terms, and an innovative format designed to make screenplays easier to read than ever.
Greg Pak has won the 2002 IFP Market Pipedream Screenwriting Award, 2003 Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, and a Student Academy Award. He was the cinematographer of The Personals, an Academy Award winning short documentary, and was recently named one of "25 Filmmakers to Watch" by Filmmaker Magazine. Currently Greg is writing for Antidote Films and Marvel Comics, where his X-men mini-series Phoenix: Endsong has sold out to rave reviews.
$14.95, paperback, 7 x 9, 200 pages
ISBN: 1-59702-000-1, Film/Asian-American Studies