October, 2015


    October 2, 2015

    Los Angeles Times – October 2015

    Danish director Michael Madsen (not to be confused with the American actor) builds his latest film around a what-if scenario — hardly an unusual strategy. Except that Madsen makes documentaries.

    As its narration states, “The Visit” (not to be confused with the M. Night Shyamalan feature) “documents an event that has never taken place” — that event being the arrival on Earth of intelligent life from space.

    Madsen has assembled a U.S.- and Euro-centric array of astrophysicists, military officers, theologians, psychologists and lawyers, most of whom address the camera, and the imaginary alien “you,” with burning questions: “What makes you happy?” “What do you care about?” “Why are you here?”

    Some get into their roles more than others. And there are moments bordering on parody, as when two British officials agree that David Attenborough should be the designated voice of calm while world leaders sort out the nature of the extraterrestrials’ visit.

    The film, whose full title is “The Visit: An Alien Encounter,” at first feels like a bizarre exercise in conjecture or a brainstorming session for fiction writers, but it turns into a provocative and moving philosophical inquiry. Madsen brings our collective sense of identity into sharp relief through the lens of what could be called a first date with mysterious beings. In explaining who we are to these strangers, do we share our darker truths — say, our capacity for mutually assured destruction?

    Using well-curated archival footage and stills, a music cue borrowed from Stanley Kubrick and a dreamlike first-contact simulation, Madsen conjures a sci-fi atmosphere that’s at once eerie, doleful and awed. He reveals a few hard facts, too: The job title Director of Interstellar Message Composition, for example, is indeed a thing.





    October 2, 2015


    “THE VISIT: An Alien Encounter” Will Rendezvous With Digital, Cable and Satellite Platforms on October 6

    First Film to Document Government And United Nations Planning for Actual Alien Landing on Earth

    (Los Angeles, CA) Random Media and Alchemy are releasing “THE VISIT: An Alien Encounter” onDIGITAL HD, On Demand and Satellite Platforms on October 6th.

    Directed by Michael Madsen, “THE VISIT: An Alien Encounter“ documents an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space.

    With unprecedented access to the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, experts from NASA, ISU (International Space University), SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial intelligence) Institute, and military advisors, “THE VISIT: An Alien Encounter” builds up a chillingly believable scenario of first contact on Earth.

    The film begins with the simplest of questions posed to alien life forms: Why are you here? How do you think? The implications of an alien encounter unfold within a mind-bending landscape of everyday sights and sounds turned bizarre and extraordinary, as if seen through the eyes of a life form exploring our planet for the first time. “THE VISIT: An Alien Encounter” is also a journey from the human perspective, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms, but also its own self-image.

    Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_W70rhVcJQ&feature=youtu.be

    Product Information

    Studio: Random Media

    Street Date: 10/6/15

    Rating: NR

    Screen Format: Widescreen

    Language: English

    Runtime: 89 Minutes

    Genre: Documentary/Sci-Fi

    About Random Media

    Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks. Random Media is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Alchemy. Random Media’s library includes acclaimed films such as The Motel Life, Escape From Tomorrow, and For Those in Peril.


    About Alchemy

    Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television.  Under CEO Bill Lee’s direction, the company has distributed the work of some of the world’s finest filmmakers including Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Gregg Araki, Dito Montiel, John Hillcoat, John Turturro, Lee Daniels, Oren Moverman and James Cameron.  Past successes include WELCOME TO ME, FADING GIGOLO, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, RAMPART and BERNIE.  Upcoming releases include Ravi and Geeta Patel’s MEET THE PATELS, Nanni Moretti’s MIA MADRE, Gaspar Noe’s LOVE, Rob Zombie’s 31, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s THE LOBSTER.

    Alchemy boasts the independent content industry’s preeminent end-to-end supply chain solution for physical and digital distribution. The company is the industry’s largest physical distributor outside of the major studios and Lionsgate, representing the majority of non-studio content at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix and VOD.

    Alchemy owns a catalog of more than 1,000 film titles and has deals for the ongoing distribution of film titles and programming for clients including DreamWorks Animation, Magnolia, Microsoft, MPI Media, Music Box Films, nCircle, Phase 4 Films, PBS Distribution, Team Marketing, Well Go USA and Vertical, among many others.