Believe it or not, there exists a new feature-length zombie film written/directed/edited/shot by a 12-year-old girl. That’s the story around Emily Hagins’ opus, Pathogen. Her production has been a popular subject amongst the Austin film geek circle, heightened by her own champion/mentor Harry Knowles. Well, as The Austin Chronicle reports, there is also now a documentary about this pre-teen fright-fest:
Hagins says she started making short films in the fifth grade after being inspired by Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. She learned how to mix batches of fake blood while working as a production assistant for local producer Rebecca Elliott (Snake Hunt: These Rattles Ain’t for Babies). “It’s fun to make,” Hagins says, “and it’s edible.” A screening of Jackson’s 1992 zombie creepshow Dead Alive at Harry Knowles’ annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon further convinced her to attempt a low-budget “funny and scary” feature of her own.