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Zompire: The Undead Film Festival is a celebration of independent horror films featuring zombies, vampires, ghosts, and other beasties.
Zompire: The Undead Film Festival is a celebration of independent horror films featuring zombies, vampires, ghosts, and other beasties.
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Zompire: The Undead Film Festival takes place October 11-12, 2014, at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR. Our goal is to highlight filmmakers's creative attempts to show the undead in new and unexpected ways. Zompire is ALL independent films. It's clever, innovative, horror filmmaking for intelligent audience members. It all takes place in an awesome neighborhood movie theater. If you love movies, we think it's the most fun you can have in October. 

Coming to the festival? You can get ticket packages with exclusive T-shirts, lapel pins, pendants, shot glasses, and more by pledging at one of the "ATTEND" reward levels. If you just want a ticket, but no exclusive merchandise, you can click here to buy plain tickets.

Whether you can come to the festival or not, we have some awesome rewards you can take advantage of, while supporting the wonderful world of Independent horror.

Our Occult researchers have decoded the strange words inscribed on the Legendre sigil. These are names of 10 infamous directors... er, necromancers, who have assaulted the world with Undead menaces. (This is an homage to some of our favorite filmmakers.)
Our Occult researchers have decoded the strange words inscribed on the Legendre sigil. These are names of 10 infamous directors... er, necromancers, who have assaulted the world with Undead menaces. (This is an homage to some of our favorite filmmakers.)

STRETCH GOALS

STRETCH GOAL $4,000 – The official Pre-Party will be Thursday, October 9th at the Lovecraft Bar 8-10 pm. If we reach this first stretch goal, we'll also have Undead entertainment by the lovely ladies of the Critical Hit Burlesque troupe, and give a $100 cash prize to costume contest winner.

STRETCH GOAL $5,500 - In order to be successful, filmmakers need to have the resources to make and market their films. Most festivals charge submission fees and just submitting a film to the major film festivals adds up fast for struggling filmmakers. However, most independent films need this kind of exposure to get funding for feature projects or find distribution for their works. Zompire has always been a low budget operation, so we have never had the ability to offer cash prizes that would assist filmmakers where they need it most. If we reach this stretch goal, we will award cash prizes to all 4 of our award categories:

  • $150 Horde Award - Audience Choice, chosen by blind ballot. 
  • $150 Le Gran' Zombi - Awarded for overall excellence 
  • $150 Abby Normal Award - fresh perspective or other innovation
  • $500 Tombe D'Or - the film that best exemplifies Zompire. 

STRETCH GOAL $9,000 – If we reach this funding goal, we will award the following higher cash prizes to all 4 of our award categories: 

  • $1,000 Tombe D'Or  - the film that best exemplifies Zompire. 
  • $300 Horde Award - Audience Choice, chosen by blind ballot.
  • $300 Le Gran' Zombi - Awarded for overall excellence 
  • $300 Abby Normal Award - fresh perspective or other innovation

Brian just said, "If you love watching the short blocks at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, you'll love Zompire, even if you think you don't like zombie or vampire movies." It's the same aesthetic: great indie short and feature films coming from student filmmakers, small studios, and everything in between.

The Clinton St. Theater has been a Portland fixture since opening in 1915. They are wonderfully quirky neighborhood theater, devoted to supporting Independent film. Photo courtesy of Dominique Lamssies.
The Clinton St. Theater has been a Portland fixture since opening in 1915. They are wonderfully quirky neighborhood theater, devoted to supporting Independent film. Photo courtesy of Dominique Lamssies.

Why a Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is great for getting the word out about niche events like Zompire. These amazing films deserve to be seen by a wider audience of cinephiles, and we're hoping Kickstarter will help us bring them more attention. Over the past couple years, we have put a lot of money into print and online advertising, but traditional media is expensive and has not reached the enthusiastic audience we need to ensure that the festival continues. We need to do something different, so we're turning to Kickstarter.

We have discovered from our H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon campaigns, that Kickstarter can bring together an amazing community of fans and can make the festival more fun for you through participation. It's also more fun for us because we can make cool stuff for you, which in turn gives you exclusive keepsakes of a fun weekend, complete with bragging rights!

Putting on a festival is expensive. There are a lot of expenses behind the scenes that really add up. This will be our 3rd Zompire as organizers, and we really want to continue to bring quality independent horror to Portland. Unfortunately, the first two were not very well attended, and the 2013 festival was financially disastrous for us personally. We questioned whether or not we'd be able to continue putting on the event. This year is make or break. 

The final reason is the most important! We have heard through underground sources that the Vampire Wizard, Zappardo, is raising an undead army to raze the City of Portland on the same weekend as the festival. Just like organizing film festivals, defeating undead armies is expensive! Your support will give us the means to produce unique forms of protection and undead domination to thwart Zappardo's evil plans. Help us help you to not die a grisly death at the hands of his vile revenants!

Our exclusive Kickstarter rewards will help you survive the Undead assault! Shown is the Undead Domination Kit etched box, string of beads, mockup of pewter amulet, and T-shirt.
Our exclusive Kickstarter rewards will help you survive the Undead assault! Shown is the Undead Domination Kit etched box, string of beads, mockup of pewter amulet, and T-shirt.

Legendre's Sigil of Undead Mastery - this amulet is a key component of the bayou wizard's power, and is said to have origins as far back as the druids of the Celtic Isles. Passed from hand to hand, from trader to trader across the globe, this symbol takes the form of your choice: either a lapel pin or a pendant. Amulet is 1" in diameter and cast in solid pewter with a red highlight, courtesy of Arkham Bazaar - Lovecraftian novelties and other oddities, and Queen Penguin Productions.

T-shirt, Work Shirt, Hoody - features the ancient Sigil described above, printed in red and white by Sigh Co. Graphics, purveyors of unique apparel and accessories. The full sigil is also encircled by the mystical names of 10 of the most powerful Necromancers from the Colonies to Italy, and beyond. These powerful wizards have unleashed some of the most notorious Undead on the world, including the Pittsburgh zombie outbreak of 1968, the opening of a gate of Hell near New Orleans, the Vampire epidemic on the streets of London in 1931, and more. Only available to Kickstarter backers, these will not be for sale later. 

The Undead Domination Kit comes in a hinged wood box, etched with the Legendre Sigil of Undead Mastery.
The Undead Domination Kit comes in a hinged wood box, etched with the Legendre Sigil of Undead Mastery.

Undead Domination Kit - Everything you need to ward off OR control the Undead is contained in this hinged storage box etched with the Sigil of Undead Mastery to protect your valuable tools from les morts-vivants. This is a replica of the original box, found among the possessions of Pierre Lafitte.

  • Zombie Control Powder (for creating or controlling your own undead minion)
  • Essential Saltes (call upon your own pocket advisor!)
  • Coffin Nails (use to place a hex on your enemies, or to break the spells of necromancers working against you.)
  • Sacred Candles (focus your powers. also an essential source of light during your ritual!)
  • Reliquary containing the bone of an ancient sorcerer to help channel your undead mastery (random sorcerer included in each box!)
  • Chalk and charcoal (for drawing summoning and protective symbols. non-toxic!)
  • String of 13 sacred rudraksha beads on a red cord (can be used to confuse Hindu Vetalas and their European counterparts, vampires! It is well known that blood drinkers must count each bead before they can feed on your life force; a fact Catholics exploited to ward off vampires with their rosaries!)
  • Replica documents and journal notes detailing the uses of each item, as well as an index of sigils useful for control, protection, and hexing against the undead.
  • Legendre's Sigil of Undead Mastery pin or pendant

Why is Independent Film so important? 

Independent filmmakers are the ones who take real risks, making movies with truly fresh ideas. The films shown at Zompire are not your father's zombie and vampire flicks. You won't see the same tired premises from the last 100+ years of horror cinema. This is all new from the twisted brains of today's brightest and hardest working storytellers, without the constraints of box office figures or committee movie making. Without independent filmmakers, Hollywood would have no one to steal great ideas from. This Halloween season, you could spend all your time watching reruns of classic horror films in theaters and on TV, but why not enjoy these fantastic films you've never seen before, and may not have the chance to see again? Please join us and support the vitally important genre of independent horror cinema.

You'll also be supporting independent theaters! Portland is blessed with several historic, independently-run movie theaters that offer an alternative to the homogenous re-makes and dumbed down fare that Hollywood provides. Most independent and family-run theaters are constantly on the verge of closing down. Whether you come to our film festival or not, attending other festivals and seeing films in these smaller venues keeps alive an important outlet for independent film. Without these establishments, you'd never be able to see indie films on a 50 foot screen with like-minded patrons of the arts.

The Louisiana origins of the Legendre Sigil and Undead Domination Kit

In the early 1800s, the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte and his charming brother Pierre ran their smuggling business out of a small blacksmith shop in New Orleans. This was a risky business, fraught with danger from not only the authorities, but also from those who perceived they had been cheated or conned by the brothers Lafitte. Death was rampant from Grand Isle and Barataria Bay to New Orleans, and it was whispered that the dead had a way of coming back to extract vengeance. The practical Pierre had engaged the services of a bayou wizard whose dank cabin, covered almost completely in spanish moss, stood hidden deep in the Louisiana swamp near Bayou Saint Denis. This wizard was notorious for his skill in the arts of Necromancy. During a renovation of the famed Blacksmith Shop, an old wooden box was uncovered by one of our associates in New Orleans. After viewing the contents, they knew it would be better to bring the box to us to study, than to let it become lost in the pages of history. We believe this box belonged to Pierre, and its ancient secrets were used by him and his brother to both ward off spectral attacks on hot, still, moonlit nights in Barataria Bay, as well as to fight back with their own newly risen undead minions.

Who is Zappardo?

One of the few confirmed photos of Zappardo and his undead bride. In order to prolong his evil, he slit the throat of his fiancée and sacrificed them both in an unholy rite that brought them back from beyond as bloodthirsty monsters.
One of the few confirmed photos of Zappardo and his undead bride. In order to prolong his evil, he slit the throat of his fiancée and sacrificed them both in an unholy rite that brought them back from beyond as bloodthirsty monsters.

His origins are shrouded in mystery, but our sources tell us he is a powerful and ageless vampire, who practices the dark arts of necromancy. He may be the legendary alchemist, the Comte de St. Germaine. Others believe that he is the Roman Centurian, Longinus, cursed with eternal life. Still others say, along with Vlad Tepes, he may be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Did he whisper undead secrets in the ear of John Polidori and share his carnal tales with Sheridan Le Fanu? If you've read this far, then why not?

Your part in our research (The Quiz)

The first person to message us the 10 correct answers will get a Zompire Logo T-shirt in Large or X-Large.
The first person to message us the 10 correct answers will get a Zompire Logo T-shirt in Large or X-Large.

About Zompire: The Undead Film Festival

Zompire was founded by Andrew Migliore in 2006 to showcase filmmakers' attempts to show the Undead in new and creative ways. Like the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival he founded in 1995, Zompire features amazing independent short films that challenge conventional filmmaking and storytelling. Many great films have premiered or been showcased at Zompire over the years, including The Revenant (2009 premiere preview cut; Directed by D. Kerry Prior), Dellamorte Dellamore (1994), the & Teller short films (directed by Frank Ippolito and Teller of Penn & Teller), and many more.

Risks and challenges

Whether or not our Kickstarter funds, the show will go on. Zompire will happen this year, at least. If our campaign is successfully funded, production and fulfillment of rewards will begin immediately. In addition to organizing events like this one, we have also been in the screen printing business for 12 years. As such, all T-shirts and apparel items will be produced in house, with the same quality Sigh Co. Graphics shirts are known for. We know what we're doing here, so we don't expect any delays in production. We will also be producing the Undead Domination Kit boxes in house, and have already constructed a prototype, so we know what tasks are involved in its production. The amulet lapel pin/pendant will be cast by a reliable independent creator that we have used for multiple projects, so we have a high degree of confidence that the production of the amulets will go smoothly. One possible danger when it comes to fulfillment stems from the possibility that our campaign may be *too* successful. Since all of the rewards are being produced by independent creators, including ourselves, instead of being mass-produced by large companies overseas, it is possible that a large quantity of orders will slow down fulfillment. If that happens, I'm sure you'll understand that the production of rewards will necessarily take longer. In any event, we expect that all backers who attend the festival will be able to pick up their rewards in person at the show.

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    SPECTRAL ARMOR (T-SHIRT AND PIN/PENDANT): the Legendre Sigil in your choice of lapel pin OR pendant, PLUS the Zompire Sigil t-shirt. A one-two knockout combo of protection! Upgrade your t-shirt to a work shirt or zip hoody by adding $25

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    SPECTRAL ARSENAL (T-SHIRT, PIN/PENDANT, UNDEAD DOMINATION KIT): If you can't be with us in person, you can still protect yourself against the undead threat. You get the official Zompire sigil t-shirt, the Legendre sigil (choice of lapel pin or pendant) AND our extremely limited edition UNDEAD DOMINATION KIT, a beautifully etched wooden box containing all the macabre tools and instructions you will need for controlling the undead. See the full campaign description for details. (Upgrade to a work shirt or hoody by adding $25)

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