R.U.R.: Genesis

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In 1919, acclaimed Czech playwright Karel Čapek began work on the seminal science fiction story R.U.R. Set approximately 50 years in the then-future, R.U.R. was a sharp commentary on progress, politics, and relationships, accurately predicting advances in biotechnology and serving as the inspiration for masterpieces like Metropolis and Blade Runner.

In R.U.R.: GENESIS, the creators of the award-winning cult science fiction noir film Yesterday Was a Lie present a sexy, retro-futuristic take on the classic Čapek tale. Set in the style of an alt-history 1969, this adaptation depicts a world populated by genetically engineered workers (“artificials”) — perfect, made-to-order people who lack fundamental rights.

Starring Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Robotech), Kipleigh Brown (Yesterday Was a Lie, Star Trek: Enterprise), and Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Star Trek Continues), R.U.R.: GENESIS serves as both a standalone short film adventure and a “teaser” for the full-length feature currently in development.

R.U.R.: GENESIS premiered in Hollywood in September 2013 at Dim Mak Studios, and is now available via the Helicon Arts Cooperative website as well as on Vimeo and YouTube.



  • Director: James Kerwin
  • Producer: Bernie Stern
  • Written for the screen by: James Kerwin & Andrew R. Deutsch
  • Executive producers: Robert Riccitelli, Joe Balsarotti
  • Co-executive producers: Charles Rengel, Michael Morrell
  • Director of photography: Jason Cochard
  • Production designer: Jace Ford
  • Music: Mike Avenaim
  • Visual effects: Michael Struck
  • Co-producer: Kimberley Browning
  • Associate producer: Jerry Seward
  • Costumes: Kaitlin Weichsel
  • Starring: Chase Masterson
  • Starring: Kipleigh Brown
  • Starring: Vic Mignogna
  • Starring: James Ellis Lane
  • Starring: Amara Cash


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