Portland Film Festival is hosting a record setting special filmed event they’re calling Zombie Day Apocalypse. It’s taking place on Labor Day during the 2015 Portland Film Festival, which will take place September 1 – 7.
The Zombie Day Apocalypse event itself will be on Monday September 7, and who better to direct the proceedings than George C. Romero himself? The goal is to set a new Guinness Book of World Records for ‘most extras in a short film. Director George C. Romero, son of iconic horror director George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead), will direct.
Award-winning makeup artists Conor McCullough (The Hunger Games) and Jason Collins (The Maze Runner, Firefly) will oversee makeup effects. Randall Jahnson (The Doors, The Mask of Zorro) wrote the screenplay, and Portland Film Festival Founder and Executive Producer Josh Leake is producing the filmed event. Additional collaborators include the Pander Brothers (Dark Horse Comics), who are creating graphics and imagery.
An anticipated cast of thousands are expected for the all-day holiday event, which will also include a late night surprise zombie film graveyard screening.
Rumor has it that the “cast of thousands” refers to Sam Thousands, who runs the corner deli near the theater. We must stress that these rumors are false. We think they actually mean thousands of actual people.
Additional details and sign-up information can be found at: www.portlandfilmfestival.com.
The fourth annual Portland Film Festival will take place at seven venues throughout the city, including historic theaters and community sites. The festival lineup will be announced the first week of August, including all the competition films, plus special events and guests, master classes and more.
About the Portland Film Festival
Established in 2012, The Portland Film Festival is Oregon’s largest film festival, and was named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world,” by MovieMaker Magazine in 2014. It is a non-profit, year round organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public.
Screenings take place across the city at seven venues, including some of the oldest historic theaters in Oregon, and includes outdoor screenings as well – offering its filmmakers some of the largest audiences available on the West Coast.
Previous and current festival partners include the City of Portland, Portland Parks & Recreation, Women in Film, Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Willamette Writers, SAG Aftra (Actor’s Guild/Union), Oregon Governor’s Office of Film (Oregon Film), I.A.T.S.E. (Film Union), Directed by Women, Digital Media Communications Department at Clackamas Community College and others.
Although the festival began in 2012, its history goes back to 2009, when the Portland Film Club was founded as a film club to bring film lovers together to view and discuss films. The club now boasts over 2300 members and is one of the largest movie clubs on the west coast. It screens typically one movie a week including new and independent features.
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