What at first seems like a lighthearted middle school experiment of ping pong balls, red light, and white noise soon turns into an obsession that could unlock a door into the vast, deadly unknown in Lucid Nation. Ahead of its premiere on Gunpowder & Sky's DUST label on Thursday, August 8th, we've been provided with the exclusive trailer for Lucid Nation to share with Daily Dead readers.

You can get a look at the escalating dread of the experiment in our exclusive Lucid Nation trailer below, and we've also been provided with posters from the short film. Keep an eye on DUST's Facebook and YouTube pages to learn more.

"Lucid Nation Synopsis

Best friends Henry and Josh attempt an experiment at home that they learned about in school. After stealing a red light bulb from the school's dark room, they cover their eyes with ping pong balls and listen to white noise in an effort to get their mind to hallucinate. After a few failed trials, Josh concedes that it's just a silly experiment. However, Henry is convinced that, with a few adjustments, it could still work. Each night after school for the next few days, Henry tinkers and perfects the parameters of his experiment. He blacks out his window, he glues the ping pong balls onto swim goggles. He adds more and more light bulbs to the array on his desk. Eventually, he builds a turbo-headset, designed to amplify all sights and sounds coming to it. When he tries the experiment for a final time, Henry goes too far before he realizes he's not coming back.


DUST, a division of global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, is the first premium sci-fi entertainment brand that reaches fans across all platforms, giving voice to emerging and established filmmakers.

DUST presents thought-provoking science fiction content, exploring the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology. From timeless to cutting-edge movies, series and short films, DUST acquires, produces and distributes content from established and emerging filmmaking voices.

In 2018, DUST released the Zach Strauss directed short film Bad Peter at Tribeca - a cautionary tale about an overbearing AI assistant - starring Golden-Globe nominee Frankie Shaw ("SMILF") and premiered PROSPECT starring Pedro Pascal (“Narcos”, “Game of Thrones”, Equalizer 2).

With more than 4M fans, DUST operates its own channels that are available on multiple platforms including YouTube, Facebook, VRV, Pluto and Xumo. Through its partnership with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, DUST recently premiered the George Lucas 1967 short film, “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB”, followed by legendary filmmaker Robert Zemeckis’ 1972 student short film “The Lift”.

DUST also hosts podcasts and special events such as “The Future Is Female” screening that celebrates female sci-fi directors in film, as well as 'Represent: Diversity in Sci-Fi', a panel celebrating and examining multicultural voices in the sci-fi genre.

On August 18th, 2018, DUST launched DUSTx on Roku, a new sci-fi channel featuring timeless movies such as A Scanner Darkly, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Paycheck and series such as “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, “Ray Bradbury's Science Theater” and “Beyond Westworld”, as well as 500+ short films by the talent of tomorrow, including Rise, Jonah, and Automata."

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