Utopia Falls (2020)

In a future where the Earth as we know it is a distant memory, a new society has risen. The inhabitants of New Babyl live an idyllic life where they compete to be the best in the performing arts. When two young competitors find a hidden cache of music and culture from the past, their world is changed with the history they now have at their fingertips.

Utopia Falls is a lesson in diversity with an emphasis on Afrofuturism, environmental conservation, and activism. This Canadian production dropped online in February, featuring BIPOC performers, with a cameo by Snoop Dogg as the Archive’s voice in the hidden cache. The arts run the gamut from musicians to singers and dancers, making each episode a treat. It’s perfect for introducing younger viewers to the world of hip hop and dance and an excellent show for a visible representation of what our world actually looks like.

Creator, director, and producer R.T. Thorne, known for his music videos, commercials, and short films, takes the helm to bring this sci-fi fantasy hybrid to the masses. There’s an overall vibe of acceptance mixed in with some dishy soap opera plots as well as LGBTQ+ and interracial love connections, perfect subject matters for a show called Utopia Falls.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette

Canadian connection

Created by Joseph Mallozzi & R.T. Thorne Directed by R.T. Thorne, Melanie Orr, Warren P. Sonoda, Sudz Sutherland
Toronto, Ontario
Winner of Directors Guild of Canada Outstanding Achievement in Production Design, Nominated for Directors Guild of Canada Outstanding Achievement in Production Design

Talent:

Akiel Julien, Devyn Nekoda, Humberly González, Jeff Teravainen, Joseph Mallozzi, Kate Drummond, Melanie Orr, Mickeey Nguyen, Phillip Lewitski, R.T. Thorne, Robbie Graham-Kuntz, Robyn Alomar, Sean Baek, Snoop Dogg, Sudz Sutherland, Warren P. Sonoda

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Type:

  • TV