Content studio Gunpowder & Sky is launching a free-to-stream channel on Roku devices for DUST – its content division dedicated to edgy sci-fi entertainment – stocked with films, TV shows and original short films. At launch, the channel will include about 20 films, 30 series and 200 of its best short films. The lineup includes DUST short films including “Bad Peter,” starring Frankie Shaw; “Rise,” starring the late Anton Yelchin; and “Jonah,” starring Daniel Kaluuya. Licensed films on DUSTx are set to include “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the time-traveling comedy starring Keanu Reeves; “Paycheck,” the sci-fi action film based on Philip K. Dick’s short story, starring Ben Affleck; “A Scanner Darkly,” Richard Linklater’s 2006 animated sci-fi thriller based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name. TV shows featured on the channel include “Beyond Westworld,” the 1980 series based on Michael Crichton’s original “Westworld” film; and “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” cult-favorite comedy series created by Joel Hodgson. DUST most recently premiered the Zach Strauss-directed short film “Bad Peter” at the Tribeca Film Festival and acquired “Prospect,” starring Pedro Pascal, which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Through a partnership with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, DUST late last year premiered George Lucas’ 1967 short film, “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB,” followed by Robert Zemeckis’ 1972 student short “The Lift.” DUST also hosts podcasts and special events such as “The Future Is Female” screening celebrating female sci-fi directors in film.
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