This project's funding goal was not reached on November 23, 2012.
About this project
"Director Alexandre O. Philippe and his crew are looking to approach the undead from wide frame of reference. [...] Perhaps nobody is better suited for the task." -- WIRED
"They've already cut a trailer [...] and it's fantastic." -- TWITCH FILM
"A true gift for fans." -- DREAD CENTRAL
"Exhibit A has picked the perfect time to get an in-depth documentary off the ground." -- MTV
"There’s a great, playfully malicious feel to the trailer, enough to punch some life into the viral pop culture movement, enough even for those of us weary of zombie overload." -- ANIMAL NEW YORK
"The People vs. George Lucas was a great love letter to fans of the Star Wars series and George himself, and we look forward to seeing what happens when they turn their lens towards the zed word." -- NERDIST
"I'm incredibly excited to be involved with DOC OF THE DEAD. Alexandre and his team have assembled a mouthwatering line up of goodies to tempt us with - I could not be happier that these guys are doing the DEFINITIVE documentary." -- Charlie Adlard, Artist, THE WALKING DEAD
"Working on PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES has put us in a unique position, being at the forefront of Zombie pop-culture and seeing its popularity rise - especially with kids. We're excited about DOC OF THE DEAD, the filmmakers exploring this phenomenon and how PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES fits in to the overall zombie culture." -- Allen Murray, Lead Producer, PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES
WHAT IS DOC OF THE DEAD?
Without a doubt, Zombie Culture has now reached a tipping point. It has literally clawed itself into our braaaaains (!), successfully infiltrated mainstream consciousness, and asserted itself as one of the most important, wildly entertaining, and participatory pop cultural trends of the new century. As a direct result of this unprecedented social explosion, the Zombie Apocalypse seems to be on everybody's lips these days. Should we categorize it as fiction, dismiss it as far-fetched paranoia, or speculate about it as a plausible scenario..? We, at Exhibit A Pictures, believe there's never been a better time to release an epic, comprehensive, and contemporary cinematic celebration of Zombie Culture. And a look at our previous films (trailers provided below) will tell you why we're the right team to tackle this enormous task!
Brought to the screen by the creators of the groundbreaking participatory doc THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS, and co-hosted by Geekscape’s own Jonathan London and Red Letter Media’s infamous Mr. Plinkett, DOC OF THE DEAD will delve deep into the myriad crevasses of zombie culture to deliver the first-ever in-depth look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions. Shot and edited in a cinematically edgy, high-octane style, DOC OF THE DEAD will host a rich and entertaining dialogue with zombie experts and celebrities, seek participation from YouTubers and indie filmmakers, and examine viral cultural trends to explore the possibility and ramifications of an actual zombie outbreak with sociologists, virologists, chemists, and members of the Zombie Research Society.
Concurrent with the release of DOC OF THE DEAD the movie, DOC OF THE DEAD the online experience will present a comprehensive repository of zombie expression and fandom—the equivalent of a virtual museum, where zombie art, videos, no-budget films, extended interviews, rants and critical essays will be uploaded on a regular basis. Look at it as a collection of supplemental features, directly available from our website, leading up to the film's release.
More than just a movie, DOC OF THE DEAD will be an epic narrative supplemented by an ever-expanding transmedia catalogue of hundreds of hours of special features, and the most ambitious celebration of this extraordinarily rich, singular, and important culture ever committed to film.
In short, this is the film that zombie fans across the globe have been waiting for; and because reality is scarier than fiction, prepare to be utterly and positively FREAKED OUT! And remember: always aim for the head.
It’s no secret that making professional grade documentary films is an expensive venture. For a decade now, we have invested most of our hard-earned savings into our films. It's a difficult, very stressful way to make a living. Yes, they've been successfully distributed around the world; but this time, we believe we can do more, much more with DOC OF THE DEAD. While we are still considering a handful of traditional distribution routes (particularly for broadcast), Kickstarter is a key component of our new strategy to achieve greater autonomy and independence.
Why does this matter? From a business standpoint, it has become increasingly clear to us that we should retain the rights to our films. They're our babies, after all; and, frankly, we’ve decided that we work just too damn hard to give them away to other people--no matter how wonderful or savvy they might be! But most importantly, it makes sense to us to control how they are released. Ultimately, this means better fan service. Collector’s Editions, hundreds of hours of bonus features, Kickstarter and San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, special event screenings… you name it..! We want to be able to bring our films directly to you, with all of the passion, all the bells and whistles, and none of the strings that typically come attached with a big distribution engine. It'll be like THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS on steroids. Yeah. Something like that. :)
Re-envisioning our independence means going rogue, taking new risks, reinventing the way we work, and believing in the people who have supported and encouraged us throughout the years.
It’s a simple formula. The more YOU choose to support our films, the freer we will be to release them exactly the way we want, with all the no-holds-barred, outrageous pop culture pizzazz you’ve come to expect from an Exhibit A picture, and deliver them directly to YOU.
This is our first attempt at Kickstarter, and we decided to set a modest goal, which will enable us to complete principal photography, and give us a clearer path toward additional investments and pre-sales. Needless to say, this isn’t close to the amount we need to finish the film; but now that we've built a lot of momentum in a short amount of time, and interviewed Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead), Alex Cox (Sid and Nancy, Repo Man), Matt Mogk (Head of the Zombie Research Society), and Thea Munster (Creator of the Toronto Zombie Walk), we need to continue filming NOW! If we manage to exceed our goal, with your support, every dollar will go toward completing and distributing the film. And we’ll announce stretch goals with exciting additional rewards every step of the way.
It's also worth mentioning that we're co-producing and getting ready to film a unique trans-generational zombie town hall meeting featuring George A. Romero, Max Brooks (World War Z) and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), in partnership with Mr. Romero himself, the Denver Film Society and the Mile High Horror Film Festival. This Denver Film Festival special event will take place on November 7th.
So where will the money go..? Our next stage of production involves:
*Key interviews in the United States and in Europe. Commitments (to date) include: Max Brooks, Greg Nicotero (Executive Producer, AMC’s The Walking Dead), Charlie Adlard (Artist, The Walking Dead), Mick Garris (Stephen King's The Shining, Bag of Bones), Steve Barton (Dread Central), Alan Jones (Frightfest), and many more!
[Other celebrities we're targeting include: Robert Kirkman, Stephen King, John Russo, Tom Savini, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino.]
*Toronto premiere of the Night of the Living Dead stage play.
*Day of the Dead celebration across Mexico in 2013.
*Initial Geekscape and Red Letter Media segments.
*Los Angeles ‘Run For Your Lives’ zombie-infested 5K obstacle course race.
*Media management and transfer of video submissions.
*Doc of the Dead website 2.0.
Remember: Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing system. If we can’t raise at least $50K in 30 days, we go back to square one, and more traditional forms of distribution.
WHO WE ARE
Dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of our global pop culture, Exhibit A Pictures specializes in long-form documentary films that celebrate and deconstruct the defining popular trends and icons of our time.
Exhibit A's first release, THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS (2010), took the world of Star Wars fandom by storm, and remains groundbreaking in its use of crowdsourcing and fan participation.
PvsG premiered at a number of top-tier festivals, including SXSW (Spotlight Premiere), Hot Docs, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, AFI Silverdocs, Filmfest München, Rome International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, and CPH:DOX (among many others). Following a limited theatrical run, PvsG was recently released on DVD/Blu-Ray by Lionsgate Entertainment (US), Wrekin Hill Entertainment (UK, Australia, NZ, South Africa), Kinosmith (Canada), Capelight (Germany, Switzerland), Initiative One/BAC Films (France), and Fine Films (Japan), and recently became the #1 documentary on Netflix.
Exhibit A's follow-up feature, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PAUL THE PSYCHIC OCTOPUS (2012), premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmfest München, and is currently touring festivals around the world.
On DOC OF THE DEAD, the Exhibit A triumvirate (Writer/Director Alexandre O. Philippe, DoP/Producer Robert Muratore, and Producer Kerry Deignan Roy) reunites with PvsG Editor Chad Herschberger of Milkhaus—the multi award-winning post-production house behind SAVING FACE (Oscar Winner), CHASING ICE (Sundance Winner), and BAY OF ALL SAINTS (SXSW Winner).
Risks and challenges
Ah, yes... the risks and challenges..! It's probably an understatement to say that producing and releasing ambitious pop culture documentary films isn't exactly a walk in the park. The good news is... we've been making them professionally for over a decade. THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS was probably our greatest challenge to date (it took us almost 4 years to make!), but it enabled us to test a variety of crowdsourcing techniques, build relationships with distributors, and understand what fans of pop culture, on a global scale, expect from filmmakers documenting trends that they deeply care about.
Fortunately, with DOC OF THE DEAD, we've been blessed with a wide-ranging and immediate approval from zombie fans, and it's clear to us that there's a tremendous need for a film celebrating zombie culture in all its forms. That's why we're embarking on this journey with the same core team that brought you THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PAUL THE PSYCHIC OCTOPUS--two films that have been extremely successful on the festival circuit, and released around the world. We're also very fortunate to have a close partnership with Milkhaus, our extraordinary post production house, who have worked on Academy Award winning and nominated documentaries, and know what it takes to package and deliver theatrical grade documentary films.
The other good news is that we decided not to launch our Kickstarter campaign until we had a solid headstart on production. Indeed, we've already collected terabytes of original footage, as well as segments from Geekscape, RedLetterMedia, and several submitted films. Moving forward, we have a clear idea of what we need to shoot to successfully complete this film, and we have outlined a realistic production and post production schedule that will enable us to deliver the film to festivals by the end of 2013, aiming for an early 2014 set of festival premieres, and a wide release in the summer of 2014.
In other words: we've done this in the past, we know what it takes to bring such a large-scale project to fruition, and the more support we get from you via Kickstarter, the more spectacular the end result will be. And that's a promise.
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