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A Family Travels to Find a Virus Antidote in ‘Flesh and Blood’

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Flesh and Blood

Logline: When an apocalyptic virus threatens to turn her father into a violent monster, 18 year-old Max must lead him and her younger sister, Ellen, through a perilous mountain range in hope of finding a cure on the other side.

Elevator Pitch:
“Flesh and Blood” is a post-apocalyptic/suspense/zombie film with a family drama at its core and a couple of badass female leads. The story was inspired by “28 Days Later” and “Winter’s Bone,” with classic westerns like “The Searchers” serving as visual references.

The film stars Hannah Telle, lead actress from the cult hit video game “Life is Strange,” and Clint Jordan, an Independent Spirit Award nominee. We’ll have our world premiere in the competition section at the 19th annual Dances With Films Festival in June and then we’ll be at the Marfa Film Festival in July.

Production Team:

Written and directed by Merlin Camozzi
Produced by Tim Lewis, David Oh, Ben Haigh, Merlin Camozzi
Director of Photography – Julia Swain
Sound Designer – Borja Sau
Editor – David Oh
Score – Julian Scherle

About the Film:
I’m interested in how the conventions of genre can be tweaked to examine significant real life questions. That was very much something that I sought to do with this film, which was in part inspired by the realities of growing up with an alcoholic parent. So, while “Flesh and Blood” is on one level a fantastical story about a zombie virus, on another level it’s a very real story about two siblings struggling to deal with an out-of-control parent, and it metaphorically examines the fallout that can occur from coming of age in that sort of environment. By weaving in these real life issues, I think we made a film that has some real depth and also offers a unique take on the genre.

Current Status: We’re in the final stages of post and we’re fundraising to cover those costs, plus the costs of submitting to festivals.

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