Lund, a native of Holden, is the executive producer, writer and director of the film. The film was partially shot at the Massachusetts Military History Exhibition in Orange.
Lund said “First Signal” is the fifth film he has made in the state.
“As a permanent resident, you become familiar with what you need to find places, actors and a crew. Massachusetts has a strong and vibrant entertainment industry which makes the process much easier,” he said. he declares. Lund also has a close connection to the Strand. “Many years ago I shot an advertisement outside the Strand so I was very familiar with the theater. ‘First Signal’ is my fourth film to show at the Strand. From their state-of-the-art projection systems to their menu diversity is a wonderful theatrical experience. “
According to the plot, when Air Force Space Command receives a signal from an alien satellite in Earth orbit, an emergency meeting with the president reveals a government conspiracy.
Lund describes “First Signal” as a character-driven science fiction story that marks the beginning of the First World Universe, “a universe in which we are not alone in the galaxy. A universe where an alien presence is on Earth for centuries. A universe where this discovery was revealed during the Apollo missions of the 1960s – a discovery that has been covered up – until now. “
The universe of the first world will continue with the sequel “First Launch”.
“First Signal” has many ties to the state. Auditions were held at Natick at The Verve, Crowne Plaza. The field scenes were shot at the Massachusetts Military History Exhibit, which is part of the Orange Municipal Airport. Most of the cast and crew are also from the state. Wendy Hartman, who plays President Helen Colton, and Daniel Groom, who is the cinematographer, are just two of more than 12 actors and crews in the state, Lund said.
Currently, “First Signal” is an official selection from 27 film festivals, winning 17 awards including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.
“I think the festival circuit enjoyed the film because it told a story around a ‘what if’ scenario about the possible presence of aliens and what we can and cannot do. Immigration debate” , Lund said. “The alien debate in ‘First Signal’ and today’s contemporary discussions on immigration come from the unknown. In ‘First Signal’, as aliens resemble us and reside in all facets of our society, the questions then beg to be asked: Where are you from and what are you doing here? It makes no difference that they look like us; they are foreigners and now it has become a matter of national security.
Lund said that in the film there is a global surveillance program called Operation Trojan implemented to identify who and where the aliens are. There is a showdown between General John Reager (Paul Noonan) and Cedric Yonah (Conor Timmis) that highlights the differences.
“The scene refers to parallels in Germany in the 1930s,” Lund said. “The immigration discussion was not planned when I wrote ‘First Signal’. It happened to me when I was writing my directorial statement for the film festival market. “
With so many productions including “Dexter” and a variety of science fiction and horror films produced in Massachusetts, Lund said the diversity of locations is what makes the state and the center of Mass. specials for filmmakers.
“Massachusetts offers looks from the 18th to the 21st century. When you’re looking to edit a movie, you want to work in a state that offers a wide range of locations for more flexibility,” he said.
“I believe the overarching message is that aliens can really be here on Earth and that we should be open to that possibility,” Lund added. “While definitive proof has yet to be revealed, I think the totality of observations and our own technological advances over the past century mean that the likelihood of us being influenced by an outside source is more likely than not. Remember, our satellites are looking at other planets. Which doesn’t mean that others aren’t looking at us. “
Lund said the owners of the Strand Theater, Rob Nierintz and Bill Grady, were very supportive of him as a local filmmaker.
“The Strand has a long-standing relationship with director Mark Lund. We proudly showed his film ‘Justice is Mind’ a few years ago, and we were delighted when he asked us if we wanted to show his latest feature. footage, ‘First Signal’. ” said Nierintz.
“More than just a movie theater that presents Hollywood feature films, The Strand loves being part of the community. Whether it’s posting personal messages on our marquee, being an affordable school trip for schools, or hosting a screening by a filmmaker, we love to feel connected to the people of the cities we serve. We are proud to be able to showcase the talents of these local filmmakers and give them the opportunity to show their work on our big screen.