“Empire State of Dead” Gearing up for Production This Week!

SRS Cinema LLC is set to begin production on the wraparound sections for “Empire State of Dead”. The production began as a contest where seven shorts from New York State filmmakers were selected to be part of an overall full length feature detailing the early days of a zombie outbreak in the Empire State. The seven finalist were:

-“Blessed are the Meek” – dir. Matthew Peters
-“Fresh Meat” – dir. Chad Foster & Jamie Storrs
-“Occupied” – dir. Georffrey Orlowski
-“Necropath” – dir. Joshua Reale
-“Revenant” – dir. David Royal & Andrew Peters
-“What’s the Matter with Allison” – dir. Alexander Bell
-“Zombie Hipsters from Upstate” – dir. Stephen Long

Now producer/director Ron Bonk has written a wraparound, in a series of shorts, which will tie all these stories together. The overall plot of the movie follows a small group of soldiers trying to maintain order in the middle of the outbreak. But thwarting their efforts are rogue gangs, lead by a young drug lord who sees the apocalypse as his chance to rule the new world rising from the rubble, and a rogue army platoon that has chosen to fend for itself. The feature stars Joel Miscione, Michael Merchant, Eli DeGeer, Wes Reid, James Cacciatore & Michael J Widger, as well as a cast of 100’s of zombie extras, gang members, soldiers, civilians and more.

The first chunk of production is slated for Nov. 14th-23rd, then wraps up Dec 5th-7th, all shot in Syracuse, NY. A release is planned for fall 2015. Look for more updates after the first block of production has wrapped.