Rock group Alice in Chains have given light to their Grammy-nominated album Rainer Fog (2018) using that music as a canvas for an episodic 10-part sci-fi thriller titled Black Antenna.
The film tells the story of Alpha (Paul Sloan) and Beta (Viktoriya Dov) who communicate by telepathy. They are drifters who work in tandem to rob men of their electronic devices as they travel across California in an old pick up truck.
These crimes are a way to gather materials so Beta can build an antenna. Something they will need to communicate with their people back home.
But there are other, darker forces at work that try to stop them before the communication device can be made.
Directed by Adam Mason, Black Antenna uses special make up effects from
Autonomous FX, the team behind Blade Runner 2049, Bright, and Maze Runner.
“This movie came out of nowhere for me,” says Mason. “As soon as I heard the album, the music and lyrics spoke to me on a profoundly personal level and the film and subject matter was born directly out of that. I’ve always been a huge fan of Alice In Chains, and this has been a dream come true for me. ‘Black Antenna’ is a perfect synergy of the band’s lyrics, and ‘Black Antenna’ paints a dark and beautiful canvas of the deeply conflicted world we live in today.”
The movie was written by Paul Sloan and Adam Mason and produced by Elizabeth Mason and Nick Vallelonga, who recently won two Oscars (“Best Original Screenplay”) and (“Best Picture”) for “Green Book” (Vallelonga also has a cameo in episode one of “Black Antenna,” “The One You Know.”)
The first two episodes are below. The second episode is NSFW.