BROOKLYN — Josh Koury (B.F.A. Film ‘01), an assistant professor in Pratt Institute’s Department of Film and Video, will premiere the new feature-length documentary film, Journey to Planet X, at the annual Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan later this month, starting on April 21.
Koury, an alumnus of the program in which he teaches, co-directed the film with fellow Pratt alumnus Myles Kane (B.F.A. Film ‘01), who is director of media production at The New Yorker.
Journey to Planet X follows Eric Swain and Troy Bernier, two mild-mannered, middle-aged office workers from Florida, as they come together to make science fiction movies with the help of a green screen, amateur actors and computer graphics. As they embark on their most ambitious no-budget production yet, the documentary shows how boundless imagination can stretch the limits of do-it-yourself moviemaking, to comedic effect.
Journey to Planet X was supported by Pratt Faculty Development and Jerome Foundation New York City Film and Video grants in 2011.
The filmmaking duo also received critical attention for their 2008 feature-length documentary We Are Wizards. The film, which Koury directed and Kane edited, chronicled fans of the enormously popular Harry Potter series. It was screened at more than 20 film festivals, opened theatrically in five cities and was featured in The New York Times.
Koury is co-founder and former programming director of the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival. He has also worked at the Hamptons International Film Festival as a programmer and programming manager.
Kane is co-founder and former festival relations director of the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival. Prior to his work at The New Yorker, he worked as the editor on the BBC News show “Talking Movies” and on the documentary Made in India.