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“People want to see ‘Homeward Bound’ meets azombie apocalypse, they just don’t know it yet.”
Welcome to the Play Dead Kickstarter page.
“People want to see ‘Homeward Bound’ meets azombie apocalypse, they just don’t know it yet.” Welcome to the Play Dead Kickstarter page.
121 backers pledged $5,849 to help bring this project to life.

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People want to see Homeward Bound meets a zombie apocalypse, they just don’t know it yet.

The Play Dead TRAILER is NOW UP!!!

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Thanks for your support, and welcome to the Play Dead Kickstarter page.

A zombie apocalypse unites a ragtag pack of dogs in the ruined streets of Miami. Immune to the epidemic, they must stick together to survive in the midst of ferocious undead and human survivors. Sit. Stay. Play dead...

We are a group of local filmmakers in Miami commissioned by the Borscht Film Festival (www.Borscht.info) to write and shoot a short film that tells a unique Miami story. We’ve always been influenced by the roller coaster thrills of a good horror movie and the classic storytelling themes repeated in some of our favorite Disney films. We finally decided to blend those two concepts together, and what came out of it is our most ambitious project to date: Play Dead.

Zombies roam the streets in the days and nights following a horrific new virus which is wreaking havoc in Miami. Pitched gun battles and burning streets provide a backdrop for a ragtag band of dogs who are determined to survive.

Below are a few production stills of what we've shot so far!

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to make this film a reality. BORSCHT has pledged their support by providing us with an initial budget. But we need your $3,000.00+ dollars to make this film BIG! Seriously, LIKE HUGE!!!

I'm sure you're asking yourself, "What are they going to do with my money?" Well, let me tell you. We are going to turn the streets of Miami into an apocalyptic doggie playground! When you walk into the theater you'll be thinking of Miami as sex, drugs, and Reggaeton. When you walk out of that theater after the Play Dead screening, all that will come to mind when you think of sunny Miami is blood, guts, and doggie treats. This, my friends is what your much-appreciated donations will be purchasing. That, and some of the really cool collector's items and VIP privileges offered to you on this page. Please check them out and donate to our epic cause.

BORCHT's 2011 commissioned films are teaming up filmmakers with musicians. For Play Dead, BORSCHT is teaming up filmmakers Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes with musicians Rachel Goodrich and Amigo the Devil. Two wicked cool musicians for two wicked cool directors.

The BORSCHT Film Festival is a recipient of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant.

To watch a trailer for the Meza-Valdes Brothers previous works: http://www.youtube.com/watch...

For music from Rachel Goodrich: http://www.myspace.com/rachelgoodrich

For music from Amigo the Devil: http://www.myspace.com/amigothedevilmusic

To watch more amazingness from The BORSCHT Film Festival: http://vimeo.com/14165824

And now...A special message from Werner Herzog...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1WkKnjjYCE

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    Special thanks in the PLAY DEAD credits and the heartwarming satisfaction of knowing you helped bring this astounding work of genre-melting cinema to life.

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    Receive a link to download an MP3 of a song by Rachel Goodrich and a song by Amigo the Devil used in PLAY DEAD! Also, a special thanks in the film's credits and the heartwarming satisfaction of knowing you helped bring this astounding work of genre-melting cinema to life.

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    A link to a private pre-release screener of PLAY DEAD. Limited Edition PLAY DEAD dog tags. Also, the above-mentioned rewards.

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    An 11x17'' poster signed by the filmmakers and pawed by the lead actors. Also, the above-mentioned rewards.

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    Advanced reserved tickets to the 2011 BORSCHT Film Festival on April 23rd, 2011 at the glorious Adrienne Arscht Center for Performing Arts in Miami and 4 tickets to 2 satellite festival events. Also, the above-mentioned rewards. (KILLER DEAL, if I may say so myself)

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    A copy of the shooting script signed by the directors and pawed by the lead actors, AND a private invitation to the exclusive BORSCHT VIP screening at an undisclosed location in Miami, AND advanced reserved tickets to the 2011 BORSCHT Film Festival on April 23rd at the glorious Adrienne Arscht Center for Performing Arts in Miami, AND 4 tickets to two satellite festival events. Also, the above-mentioned rewards. (DISGUSTING DEAL, if I may say so myself)

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    A precious limited edition original print of PLAY DEAD concept art signed by the directors, AND a private invitation to the exclusive BORSCHT VIP screening at an undisclosed location in Miami, AND advanced reserved tickets to the 2011 BORSCHT Film Festival on April 23rd at the glorious Adrienne Arscht Center for Performing Arts in Miami, AND 4 tickets to 2 satellite festival events. Also, the above-mentioned rewards. (RABID DEAL, if I may say so myself)

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    The filmmakers will put a photograph of your dog in the film as a prop and have one of the lead actor dogs interact with the photo. IMMORTALIZE your dog in a genre-melting film with legendary potential, AND receive a one-of-a-kind PLAY DEAD doggie bowl with your dog's name on it, AND the tickets to the festival, AND the MP3's of the songs from the film, AND the dog tags, AND the signed poster. (Whoa!)

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    Have you ever wanted to be in a movie? Well, this is your chance. The filmmakers will rename one of the lead doggie characters of the film after you. Have you always known you were part canine? Do you have some b*#$h ex-girlfriend who needs getting even with? Are you a closet actor who has always wanted to see your name in lights on the big screen? Then step up to the plate. These shoes need filling quick! IMMORTALIZE YOURSELF in a genre-melting film with legendary potential, AND receive a one-of-a-kind PLAY DEAD doggie bowl with your dog's (or your ex-girlfriend's) name on it, AND the tickets to the festival, AND the MP3's of the songs from the film, AND the dog tags, AND the signed poster. (Woah, yes WOAH!!!)

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    At this level, welcome to our producer's circle. You have bestowed a glorious amount of money onto us that we will turn around and use to set fire to an automobile, or blow a shotgun-sized hole through a zombie. For this, we would like to honor you with a bonafide Executive Producer's credit. This film will tour major festivals and your name will be attached to it in all its glory. You will be listed as an Executive Producer on the PLAY DEAD IMDB page. Yes, it's a large credit, but what do Executive Producer's do really? They fund films. And with a $1,000 donation to our project, you instantly become a major contributor to PLAY DEAD. Come have lunch with directors Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes and producers Jonathan David Kane and Cory Czajkowski. Also, the tickets to the festival, AND the MP3's of the songs from the film, AND the dog tags, AND the signed poster. (Hello, I <3 You)

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    All previous rewards, plus you get to take a ride on the Pirate Boat that tours South Beach with the directors and a dog (dog may not be a dog that was actually in the film, but it will be a good dog nonetheless). Producer Jonathan David Kane will dress like an astronaut, pirate, Wolverine, or any costume of your preference. Airfare not included. We are serious.

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    Producer Jonathan David Kane, Producer Cory Czajkowski, and actor Nick Ducassi will reenact the entire Resident Evil franchise, dressed as dogs.

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    At this level, your reward is so special you must contact us to know all of the glory. BUT, we can tell you it involves a trip to Disney World (Magic Kingdom!) with the directors as your personal tour guides as they give you anecdotes and guide you through the magic and whimsy, as well as all previous rewards.

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    The Brothers will turn this short into a feature film. That's right, brought to you by... you. Put them to work! This reward is only activated if three people pledge, or if one slides us an extra 20k under the Kickstarter table.

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