Local director creates a science fiction film starring actors with diverse abilities

Outbound will be shown in Mission on Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at SilverCity

A science fiction film starring actors with diverse abilities will get its first big screening at SilverCity Cinemas in Mission on Oct. 12.

Outbound is an original film by local filmmaker, Brian Cucek.

“Outbound brings together the two things I love to do: make films and work with people who have special needs,” said Cucek.

The premise for Outbound is that earth is dying and a crew is sent to a distant planet to verify its suitability for life. Once they arrive, a meteor shower wipes out the mother ship, stranding the team and then an unknown force begins to hunt the survivors one by one.

Much of the film was shot on green screen and Cucek added the visual effects afterwards.

“Models were used for the ship and the shuttle and have been modified to look as realistic as possible,” said Cucek, who spent months editing the film and adding effects.

Outbound is one of several films that Cucek has done involving actors living with special needs. The Drifter (2017), a spaghetti western, starred Darrin Riga who lives with autism. In Outbound, Riga plays the captain of the crew that is sent to scout out the alien planet.

“Brian is a really good director. He helped me with my lines,” Riga said. “It was really cool filming on the green screen.”

As with his other films, Cucek and Riga collaborated on the script and invited others to speak into the story line as well.

When friends wanted to participate, the two found a way to work them into the script.

The film also includes other people who receive support in the community from Communitas Supportive Care Society, Abbotsford Community Services and Community Living Society.

Cucek’s brother James who lives with autism, also wrote an original song for the final credits of the film.

“I’m really excited that Communitas has helped to make it possible for this film to get a screening at SilverCity,” Cucek said. “It will be amazing for everyone to see themselves on the big screen.”

Riga agrees. “When I see myself on the big screen, that will be really exciting. I hope lots of people come to see us.”

Outbound will show on Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at SilverCity in Mission. Admission is free. For more information about Communitas visit CommunitasCare.com. For more about Brian Cucek visit imdb.com/name/nm6750151/.

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