Alien in my Cornfield

The farmer lives peacefully with animals on his farm. One day, while working in his cornfield, he notices mysterious glowing light circles that suggest something more frightening to come.

  • Mikal Maldoror
    Director
  • Michael Podgorac
    Director
  • Mikal Maldoro
    Writer
  • Michael Podgorac
    Writer
  • Mikal Maldoror
    Producer
  • Michael Podgorac
    Producer
  • Aleksandar Marković
    Key Cast
    "Alex"
  • Mikal Maldoro
    Edit/Post-production
  • Philipp Kerber
    Edit/Post-production
  • Philipp Kerber
    Color-Grading
  • Philipp Kerber
    Camera
  • Soda Gomorra
    Music
  • Florian Jauker
    Audio recording and editing
  • Jakub Velikovský
    Audio mixing
  • Marko Tica
    Audio mastering
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama, Surrealism, Thriller, Horror, Experimental, Avant-garde, Action
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Mikal Maldoror, Michael Podgorac

Mikal Maldoror, also known as Michael Podgorac, is a Vienna-based activist, artist, and cultural organizer. He has been involved in the art, culture, and underground scenes advocating for non-profit spaces, projects, and events that focus on multicultural, sociocultural, subcultural, and migrant issues. Maldoror is a member of the managing team of Wienwoche, a festival for art and activism, and a community project coordinator at Brunnenpassage, an art social space. He is also the founder and manager of AU, an art gallery and open experimental space, and a co-founder of the arts and culture association LINE IN. In addition to his cultural organizing work, Maldoror makes avant-garde, experimental, and underground films, music videos, and graphic design. He also plays drums in the bands Soda Gomorra and Ausländer. Maldoror's recent project is the book "AUZINE," which documents the history of the Viennese underground scene of the 2010s.

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Director Statement

In "Alien in My Cornfield," a farmer proudly introduces us to his property in Sido-style ("My farm, my animals, my truck"). One day, while working in his cornfield, he notices mysterious glowing light circles that suggest something more frightening to come. In a panic, he rushes home to get his weapon, only to encounter an extraterrestrial apparition upon his return to the cornfield. Without hesitation, he shoots and disposes of the alien, who turns out to be his green-skinned counterpart. This can be interpreted as a critique of xenophobia and self-harm through an egocentric worldview. However, the final scene shows the farmer suffering from multiple personality disorder, as he kills "Alien" in the cornfield outside. Instead of killing the intruder, he actually kills himself.

The video is a satirical take on the American farmer stereotype and his relationship with extraterrestrial life. The farmer is shown as a gun-toting, paranoid figure who is quick to attack anything he perceives as a threat. The review praises the video's use of humor and irony to criticize „the toxic“ aspects of American culture, such as xenophobia and the glorification of guns. Overall, the review views the video as a smart and entertaining critique of American society.