It’s no secret that the zombie movie genre is a popular one. So popular, in fact that it has breeched the silver screen and has lurched onto TV screens everywhere as The Walking Dead. Not all zombie films are made with professional film crews and massive budgets, though. Some are made by super badass 12-year-old girls.
Emily Hagins has been a Fantastic Fest regular for the past few years. Now 18-years-old, Emily is working on her second feature film, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE. But how, six years ago, did she pull off a feature length zombie film? Lots of friends and a super cool mom.
Winner of the Spirit award at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival, ZOMBIE GIRL is a documentary about the making of the no-budget zombie movie PATHOGEN. What truly makes the subject of this documentary special is the fact that PATHOGEN is directed by Austin-native Emily Hagins, a resourceful, driven and talented 12 year-old filmmaker. Her story is beautiful and touching, and truly comments on the nature of independent moviemaking as well as what “coming-of-age” means for the YouTube generation.
“It’s rare that a film can capture both the passions of our youth and the passions of our adult lives. But this heartwarming and nerve racking documentary captures all of the stress of low-budget indie filmmaking and all of the wonder of childhood ambition and excitement.” – Sam Roberts, Director of Film Competitions, Slamdance
“An excellent documentary.” – Ain’t It Cool News
“Sharply edited and technically astute.” – Variety
“One of the breakout hits of this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.” – Park Record
The DVD comes with a double feature of ZOMBIE GIRL and PATHOGEN (the actual full-length film)! Pick it up today and support local filmmakers and Fantastic Fest films!