Following a successful theatrical run, Sony Pictures’ Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter is coming to VOD August 15.
The Neil Johnson directed film, described as a mix of “Mad Max” and “Star Wars”, is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds. Tracey Birdsall plays Sienna, a resourceful rebel on a quest to take down the evil empire of robots.
Starring alongside Birdsall are William Kircher (‘The Hobbit’’), Daz Crawford (‘’Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’’), Stephen Manley (‘’Star Trek III’’), and Marilyn Ghiggliotti (‘’Clerks’’).
Official synopsis : A few decades from now… Sienna, a rebellious robot-fighting arms dealer, lives on a post-apocalyptic Earth. When the cities start to fall under the control of the A.I. Scourge, a hyper-weaponized robot army, Sienna decides to leave the Earth and journey to the centre of the galaxy, seeking a mythical weapon that can neutralize any form of A.I.
Pursued by giant machines, Sienna loses everything she cares about in an effort to save the last vestiges of humanity in an A.I. controlled galaxy.
GTN: Why movies? What was it about film that had you jumping through fiery hoops to be a part of it?
BIRDSALL: There was nothing else that floated my boat. My life has always been about film – and creating a character.
GTN: Did you find it relatively easy to break in?
BIRDSALL: It was so long ago… but easy… that’s not a word I would use. It’s the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
GTN: You have to have a thick skin, if you’re working in the business, I imagine. How do you handle the ups, downs, rejections and disparagement that the game brings?
BIRDSALL: I only pay attention to the “yes’s”. The projects that move forward – with funding. For the right project, I will delve my heart and soul into it…
GTN: You clearly like to be involved in all facets of filmmaking – is that why you prefer to get involved in indie projects?
BIRDSALL: Send me a studio project and I’ll be completely on-board! I prefer indie projects due to the roles that I’m offered. If that were to happen on a larger scale with a larger production, I would be all in. We do what we can to make a difference in life.
GTN: Do you feel it’s a little unfair that the big award shows don’t recognize independent films more?
BIRDSALL: I find nothing unfair. I build to make the most of what opportunities might arise.
GTN: Even the major press shies away from indie films. Has it become less about what the readers might want to read about and more about who will keep them in business?
BIRDSALL: There’s an industry, so to speak. We’ve even been “reviewed” by majors that didn’t bother to log in to watch our film. We are making the best films that we can at the budget that we can afford. Major press? We take what we can get. We know that our product is worthy.
GTN: They say ‘TV is where it’s at’ at the moment, do you agree?
BIRDSALL: We are going to foray into the television market soon, as we agree! The art forms are merging, for sure…
GTN: Would you like to explore television?
BIRDSALL: Most definitely, as I see television expanding into the realm that it is.
GTN: Box office receipts are down – do you think that’s because of all the great television, or increased theatre prices? Or maybe something else?
BIRDSALL: Entertainment is available everywhere now – not just in the theatre. It all comes down to being entertained and telling a good story.
GTN: Tell readers why they need to seek out your film! What will they get from it?
BIRDSALL: Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter is a sci-fi film with a human story as a backdrop… a visually appealing journey with a storyline that captivates. I’m very honored to be a part of it.