Play Dead at NYC Zombie Crawl on May 30th!

May 12, 2010 by  
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**UPDATES
The afterparty at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn (Buy tickets NOW) will feature a live performance by legendary NYC punk-rockers THE UNDEAD with Bobby Steele (ex-Misfits)! Also, Troma Entertainment will be in the house with The Toxic Avenger as well as DVD prizes for the costume contest winners! We’ll also be screening some Troma clips at the afterparty!!

Play Dead will be a part of the NYC Zombie Crawl festivities on Sunday, May 30th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Before the afterparty at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn there is a free meet and greet with ‘Play Dead’ author Ryan Brown as well as the cast and crew of ‘Play Dead: The Movie”, and you can even buy copies of his book and have him sign it! Also, we’ll be premiering the ‘Redband’ trailer for Play Dead as well as selected scenes from the movie!

This is a first for the NYC Zombie Crawl that the whole event is all ages…and the best part is there will still be booze if you are over 21!  Entry for all events is free except there is a $10 cover for the final screening and dance party!

It all starts in Brooklyn at 3pm at The Charleston
174 Bedford Ave (Between N 7th & N 8th) Brooklyn, NY 11211 – The first stop and the crawl event FREE and is ALL AGES! Zombies can eat pizza and drink booze (if you’re over 21+) while civilians are zombified for two hours!

We’ll have our zombie technicians on hand to zombify the crowd but we also encourage civilians to come zombified as well as we will be doing a zombie costume contest! We also encourage a sports/varsity theme in honor of Play Dead, so bring out your best undead jocks, cheerleaders and football players! The crawl will start about 5:00pm and go into the evening before ending at the official after party at 7:00pm!

At 5:00pm, the zombies will mobilize up Bedford Ave and head to:
McCarren Park – N 12th and Bedford – Zombie Football Game – Blood Fights, Human Tug O War with Disgraceland Hook Squad and more madness! Win prizes including DVD’s from Backseat Conceptions!

At 6:30pm, the zombies will mobilize again and head back down Bedford avenue for grand zombie parade to the final stop:

7:00pm – Zombie Dance Party A Go-Go with Play Dead, Ryan Brown and the Raspberry Brothers
Knitting Factory Brooklyn – 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211
– Free book signing and meet and greet from 7-8pm with author Ryan Brown and the Cast and Crew of Play Dead: The Movie
– $10 after 8pm for the Zombie Dance Party A Go-Go which includes:

PLAY DEAD premiere screening of the Redband trailer and some selected scenes
– The Raspberry Brothers, a team of NYC comedians who will mock the hell out of campy old zombie flicks (MST3k stylee), including clips from Zombie (Lucio Fulci, 1979) and the Crazies (George Romero, 1973) and more!
– Zombie Dance Party with DJ Jeremy Bastard (Trash, NC-17) with zombie go-go dancers, a hot zombie contest, live music and more madness to be announced!
The zombies from THRILL THE WORLD, the Michael Jackson’s Thriller-dance-around-the-world-on-the-same-day-at-same-time event who will be coming out to teach people the thriller dance and we’ll be doing a dance and sing-along! We’ll be doing sing-alongs to other classic Monster hits too!

Stay tuned to www.nyczombiecrawl.com for the official routing and more announcements about entertainment and other goodies being added!

Vegans love Play Dead!

May 5, 2010 by  
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The Vegetarian Star has picked up on director Doug Sakmann’s response to their initial article about using real animal parts for scenes in ‘Play Dead’. There is now a thread going on about the moral and ethical issues this may raise for vegetarians and other people! Head on over there and give your two cents, we’d love to hear it!

From the Vegetarian Star:

“Unlike meat used for food, dead animal props isn’t a common requirement for most films, so the industry probably isn’t spending millions of dollars on it. What do you guys think?

Should we not make such a fuss of using real meat this way in movies and instead focus energy on ensuring live animals aren’t being abused or hurt in the entertainment industry?”

Here are some responses:

“If these animals evolved to a level of sentience equal to that of people they would no doubt have scores of their ranks aspiring to contribute to the world of art and film just like us people. Mr. Sakmann is only following in the steps first taken by the famous Body Worlds exhibit and the controversial yet highly respected work of Joel-Peter Witkin, except he has opened the spotlight up to animals of all walks, not just us highly evolved apes. This should be heralded as a feather in the cap (a feather found on the ground and not pulled from a living bird) for animal activists who should be looking to end discrimination against animals in the art world.

I’m a 15 year veg, and I think this is a great thing.”

“its dead people eating dead animals, see it would be bad if they were alive because that would just be…. terrible, live eating the dead.also the footprint (carbon) of a plastic prosthetic is probably 10 fold greater than a chunk of flesh, and i am sure the parts were given to the horses to eat in the end because all horses tun into jello in the end anyway, so it was a dead on dead then animal on animal crime, no one loses except vegetarians and the local chineses restaurant.”


Savannah Hickham (Played by Vegan Kate Boyer) discusses the merits of eating a horse with Cole Logan (Brandon Jones)

1st Stills from the Movie

April 16, 2010 by  
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Check it out, here are the first screen captures from some of the scenes in the movie featuring Brandon Jones as hero quarterback Cole Logan, Kate Boyer as the intrepid reporter Savannah Hickham and Monique Dupree as the mysterious Black Mona! Also the football scenes feature Chris Gonzalez as the evil Booker from the Elmwood Badgers and J.D Brown as Coach Hickham!

Meet Coach Hickham – J.D. Brown

Check out the latest rehearsal video for the “Play Dead” project directed by Doug Sakmann. Featuring J.D. Brown as Coach Hickham (Via Skype) and Brandon Jones as the head quarterback of the Jackrabbits, Cole Logan. In this scene they discuss the bus accident that sets off the events in Play Dead.

Meet Black Mona – Monique Dupree

Announcing the latest edition to the ‘Play Dead’ cast, the ‘original Black Scream Queen’ Monique ‘Gata’ Dupree as the mysterious gypsy woman Black Mona! In this clip we’re rehearsing via Skype with Monique (in Baltimore) and our hero Cole Logan (in Philly, played by Brandon Jones) as Mona issues a warning about the Jackrabbits resurrection!

Meet the Elmwood Badgers

April 1, 2010 by  
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Check out the next in a series of early auditions for “Play Dead”. Featuring the first audition of Chris Gonzales as Booker Flamont and Mike O’Conner as his lackey Manny. In this scene they discuss how Cole Logan will not be playing the big game.

Meet the ‘Play Dead’ lead actors!

Here is the first of a series of early auditions for the “Play Dead” project, featuring the first audition of Kate Boyer as Savannah Hickman and Brandon Jones as the head quarterback of the Jackrabbits, Cole Logan. In this scene they discuss watching Cole’s teammates just devour a horse.

We’ll be announcing more leads in the next few days and will have more videos of their auditions!