Art not suppressed in futuristic vision

What would the future be like without art? That question has been on the mind of filmmaker Daniel Springen for some time.

Springen wrote, produced and directed an award-winning short film, "The Reel," while he was a student in the film program at Valencia Community College. "The Reel" is a futuristic film-noir about a society that represses artistic expression. Director John Landis compared the short to a Rod Serling-era "Twilight Zone" episode, and Springen will travel to Washington, D.C., to accept an award for it from a nonprofit film organization called CINE later this month.

In tribute to the film's crew, Springen has produced a theatrical art happening to accompany a showing of "The Reel" at V.C.C. An Artless Tomorrow brings together different facets of live performance and entertainment -- ballet, comedy, theater and swing dancing -- that draw the unwanted attention of the villain from his film, Crenshaw Lavine. Levine sends out stormtroopers to put a stop to the gathering of artists and help suppress expression in Orlando. Levine is then apprehended by an underground resistance organization, and the future of art is saved -- symbolically, at least.