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By David Huff
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About

They came for the beer. They stayed for the brains.

When a powerful hurricane hits Asheville, North Carolina, the microbrewery capital of the south, gallons of contaminated coal ash spill into the city's water supply and turn the citizens of Asheville into flesh-eating zombies on the eve of Asheville's annual zombie walk. With the local government covering up the spill in the name of profit, Piper, a hardworking barista; her weather-loving brother, Fitz and Jerry, a homeless Iraq veteran, form an unlikely trio desperate to save the city they love from becoming a city of the dead.

Our new t-shirt is here! Everyone who contributes $100 or more receives this 100% organic cotton beauty! "They came for the beer. They stayed for the brains."
Our new t-shirt is here! Everyone who contributes $100 or more receives this 100% organic cotton beauty! "They came for the beer. They stayed for the brains."

A Message from Co-Creator and Executive Producer David Huff:

Last fall, during a stay at a friend’s condo in downtown Asheville, Dead Brew Movie struck me like an attack from the living dead. Old buildings, dark alleyways, empty riverfront warehouses, breweries, coffee houses and hordes of hipsters make Asheville the perfect movie set. In fact, Asheville has provided the set for many popular films including MastermindsOur Fellow Americans, Being There, Hannibal, and the new Dirty Dancing. What we’ve not had yet is a zombie movie!

Huff and zombie friend Emili McMakin
Huff and zombie friend Emili McMakin

The best horror movies, especially zombie movies, serve as allegories. They speak to the larger issues facing individuals and society. Dead Brew is no different. We tap into climate change, corporate greed and corrupt politicians. Our hero faces her own demons as she tries to carve out an existence in a world that is too often uncaring and hostile while maintaining her own sense of humanity and dignity. I believe that we each have it within ourselves to rise up to the challenges we face. This is an important element of our story. We want to entertain and scare the hell out of you... But we also want to inspire people to claim their own sense of personal power and make this a better world.

Dead Brew marks a return to filmmaking for me after a 10-year hiatus. I have hit the restart button to come back to a creative genre I love. The coolest part of this project is the community of people who have offered their time, talents and resources to help me make this a reality.

Debbie Howell applies fake blood for young zombie Penny Munroe
Debbie Howell applies fake blood for young zombie Penny Munroe

 

Director James Suttles and DP Greg Hudgins set up a shot at the Wedge Brewery.
Director James Suttles and DP Greg Hudgins set up a shot at the Wedge Brewery.

This is another theme in our story: you don’t need to go it alone in this world. The best efforts always involve a community of dedicated and talented people who, given the chance, will go beyond the call of duty to tell a great story.

 Here’s what your financial support will allow us to do: 

  • Throw some cash at our hardworking screenwriter. 
  • Hire a producer to do a breakdown and create a budget. 
  • Put together a development package for investors. 
  • Get this project launched! 

Consider yourself part of our Dead Brew community. I cannot do this without you.

Thank you for your support!

David 

Cheers to Dead Brew Movie!
Cheers to Dead Brew Movie!

Teaser Production

James Suttles - Director
Greg Hudgins - Director of Photography
Aaron Putnam - Editor
Bryan Kish - Script
Debbie Howell - Makeup
John Merrick - Production stills
Molly Smithson - Publicity
Aven Blozan - Production Assistant
Cristina "Trinity" Vélez-Justo - Score

Tinder match couple:

Brandon Hass
Catherine Kupec

Zombies:

Cora Blozan
Ashley Evans
Emili McMakin
Etta McMakin
Penny Munroe
Brandon Robertson
Brian Robertson
Jennifer Trudrung
Hailey Williams 
William Young

Running away from Zombies (hoping they make it out alive):

Aven Blozan 
Jeanne Kish 
Jeff Messer
Nicolas Messer 
Benedetta Pagliani

Street guy drinking coffee (coffee is the cure...):

Kerry Earhart

Special thanks to:

Jon Fillman, City of Asheville Department of Community & Economic Development
Sarah Giavedoni, Asheville Zombie Walk
Kendra Penland, Asheville Brewers Alliance
Tim Schaller, Wedge Brewing Company

A project of Mark III Media in association with David Huff Creative and Suttle Film

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is a risky business. We could fall flat on our faces. However, we do believe that our timing is perfect. The themes of the movie are increasingly common in the media and the zombie genre is a popular one.

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