Thanks to Ella Donald for this very special edition to The Forgotten, complete with video essay! You can read more of Ella’s writing here [Ed].
In 2011, a film made for only a fraction of most (including many in its genre), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and became the most talked about premiere that year, winning the Alfred P. Sloan prize. Shot over the course of a year for around $100 000, using director Mike Cahill’s hometown of New Haven, a lot of favours, and funding from non-profit organisation Artists Public Domain, Another Earth continued the post-Primer low-budget, philosophical sci-fi trend of the digital filmmaking age. 2011 was a year of many excellent films, and Another Earth, one that has since slipped out of the conversation, is one of the best.