Robert Redford founded SundanceTV in 1996 to celebrate creativity and distinctive storytelling – the Alien franchise certainly meets those criteria and in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original Aliens, the network will show the four films each night from September 18 through September 20.
Creativity and distinctive storytelling can also be found on Tumblr, and in conjunction with “The Alien Invasion” (what the network is dubbing its three-night event), SundanceTV is also launching Aliens!!! The Contest. The Tumblr-exclusive contest enables fans of the franchise to submit Alien “fan art” with submissions from finalists appearing on air during the invasion. One winner will be announced each night, and winners will also have their work features on Sundance.tv and Sundance’s Tumblr.
“Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection are classic sci-fi/horror movies with a strong, passionate following,” Jan Diedrichsen, Executive Director, SundanceTV:, tells Found Remote. “We knew this loyal, dedicated fan base would jump at the chance to show off their creativity on Tumblr.”
Employees in the creative departments of SundanceTV and Tumblr will judge the contest, and Carrie Henn (Rebecca “Newt” Jorden from the Aliens franchise) will be featured as a special guest judge.
“The entire platform is built around creating and sharing original content,” says Diedrichsen. “Tumblr users are creative and they love sci-fi and movies. Alien may have been around for more than three decades, but the franchise continues to resonate with audiences today.”
To check out some of the submissions: http://sundancetv.tumblr.com/tagged/aliensthecontest/chrono