David Karlak ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $38,000 to film his proof of concept short film, Rise. The plot description reads, “In the near future, sentient robots are targeted for elimination after they develop emotional symmetry to humans and a revolutionary war for their survival begins.”

Rise stars Rufus Sewell [Dark City] and the late Anton Yelchin. Personally, I’m astonished that they could make a short that looks this good for $38,000. Check it out.

RISE from David Karlak on Vimeo.

Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer from Fargo, North Dakota.