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Ultra Indie: The Recursion Theorem

Ultra indie projects often rely on trailers to generate enthusiasm, and the trailer for The Recursion Theorem did a bit of generating for me. A mere 1 minute long, the trailer for writer/director Ben Sledge's short sci-fi drama grabbed my attention, particularly given its retro noir look and feel.

According to the film's website at, "The Recursion Theorem is a short black and white Hitchcockian film noir that pays homage to The Twilight Zone, Asteroids (the arcade/video game), and ancient Greek mythology." That line pretty much won me over. Twilight Zone and Asteroids!

Dan Franko as Dan Everett in
The Recursion Theorem
The approximately half-hour movie, created by Sledge and his small team, is currently making the indie circuit, having previously taken a best actor award for lead Dan Franko at the inaugural Columbia Film Festival in Maryland, where the short also took second place for the Friday Audience Choice Award. As this posts, the film is preparing to show at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in Fairvax, Virginia as well as the Queen City Film Festival in Cumberland, Maryland.

The Recursion Theorem is not publicly available for viewing yet, but you can sign up for a newsletter at the website to get info on when, where and how it will screen. In the meantime, there are a lot of great still shots and info at,and a particularly interesting walk-through on how Ben and team transformed an empty warehouse into a mansion parlor. Indie movie magic!

You can also follow Ben Sledge on Twitter: @sledgeweb 

For a short video on the music of The Recursion Theorem, which was created by Christian Hessler, head over to Vimeo and check out

The promo image (at the top) for the film is exceptionally stylish (take a look at the guy's tie), and there is still time to snag a tee-shirt or poster at  Proceeds from the sales will help defray festival fees and travel costs.

NOTE: As soon as additional information comes in on when and where you can view The Recursion Theorem, I'll give an update.


Fear with Beer's Ultra Indie feature introduces horror cinema fans to independent horror productions of all kinds: shorts, movies and works-in-progress. Many are passion projects, created by small teams, even individuals, with inspired visions but not always inspired budgets.

 Given the nature of indie projects, FwB has decided to let them speak for themselves. We will get 'em to you, but you decide what you think. We may see works from the next John Carpenter, Wes Craven ... or Ed Wood. We may see something never before seen. Whatever we see, it will be authentic and new. 

A NOTE ON LINKS: Links are active at the date of posting, but as as directors roll out more polished versions or make alternate distribution arrangements, the links may cease living. If you find a dead link, let me know.

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Ultra Indie: The Recursion Theorem


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