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After humanity quells an undead uprising, the last two zombies pair up in search of sanctuary, but instead find love.

Rigamortis takes place shortly after humanity has put down a recent zombie outbreak.  The last two zombies left “undead” are looking for their place in the world, while one lonely zombie hunter’s newfound fame and glory can’t fill the hole in his heart left by the recent loss of his now undead love. The characters are forced to confront zombies, angry mobs, double-barreled shotguns, and an ever-dangerous thing called love, until fate brings them all face to face in an explosive finale.

Can the zombies avoid a gruesome second death at the hands of chainsaw-wielding mob and find a place in which they can live in peace?  Can the zombie hunter complete his quest and rid the world of zombies, or will his past relationship with his prey cause him to falter?  Can any of them hit the high notes?

You’ll have to watch and see…

What exactly is Rigamortis?  Well, it’s 40% musical, 30% zombie flick, 20% comedy, and 20% love story. That’s right, 110% – we’re so excited about this project, we’ve decided to cram in 10% more!

On a serious note, Rigamortis is a 36-minute zombie musical designed for digital distribution, but it’s so much more than that.  It’s an attempt to make a meaningful, high quality film outside the classic system of studios, distributors, and inflated budgets.  It’s an attempt to prove that, thanks to new technology, we live in a world in which anyone with a good idea and enough passion can create something that is not only critically successful, but commercially viable as well.  It’s an attempt to show that a handful of individuals with lights, a camera, and the absurd notion that they can make a zombie musical, can create something with the same level of quality and production value as anything that comes out of the classic studio system.

Cast

Maxwell Glick

Parker

Maxwell Glick has been a working actor in Los Angeles since moving there in 2006. His recent television appearances include an upcoming guest starring role on The Office on October 7 and guest spots on FOX’s Mental and NBC’s Life. He has been involved with a number of webseries, most importantly as Spencer Gilman on the hit show lonelygirl15. Recent web appearances are in the upcoming Night of the Zombie King and We Break Hearts. He has also appeared in numerous commercials including a huge national campaign as the “TJDJ” for Taco John’s. Originally he’s a theatre guy and has been seen on stage all over the country on tours and at regional theatres. Favorite credits include Arpad in She Loves Me, Matt in The Fantasticks, and Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs. The New York native is a graduate of Boston College.

Boston Stergis

Brock

Boston Stergis was raised in the north woods of Maine, where he honed his zombie-slaying skills battling rednecks, hippies, and the occasional yeti. He studied acting and directing at Syracuse University, then moved to New York City for 10 years, doing theater with the infamous aTheaterCo., playing music and competing as a mixed martial artist. He now resides in Hollywood. In between acting jobs, he plays piano, guitar and lead vocals in the band The Freedom Ledges.
 Theater credits include: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Burn This, Spike Heels, Crimes of the Heart, and the Los Angeles premiers of RogerAndTom and Beautiful Morning. Film/Television credits include: Shaft, One Dog Day, The Wager, Stealth, Victim of Circumstance, Passions, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Lisa Musser

Zoey

Lisa is proud to be making her film debut with Rigamortis. Although she is new to the silver screen, she certainly is no newbie to the world of acting. Lisa began her professional acting career at the tender age of 9 when she was cast as Young Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. She went on to perform in the Broadway Nat’l tour of The Sound of Music, and soon after originated the role of Young Jane in the Broadway production of Jane Eyre. Lisa recently graduated from the University of Illinois where she studied media and film.

Crew

Dave Dewes

writer, producer, co-director

Since completing his education at Columbia College Chicago, Dave Dewes has been working actively in the independent film industry in the Midwest. Working mostly on the image side of things, Dave has worked as a gaffer and director of photography for several independent features and short films. While at Columbia, Dave also studied fiction writing and has been writing short stories and scripts since a young age. Rigamortis will be Dave’s first major foray into directing, he has heard it largely involves relying on the talent of others and looks forward to taking credit for their hard work.

Ted Campbell

co-director

Ted’s love of filmmaking began in high school, where he made many Super 8 horror films in his backyard working as director, writer, cameraman, actor, special effects supervisor and editor. Eventually landing in the film program at Emerson College in Boston, he completed a degree in film production. Soon after, Ted moved to Los Angeles where his well-rounded knowledge of all facets of filmmaking found him work as an assistant director. In the past seven years as an assistant director, Ted has worked on over thirty independent films including Miranda July’s second feature “The Future” and the Sundance award winner “Quinceanera.” In between assistant director gigs, Ted has written and directed several short films. In 2009, Ted won the Grand Prize in Script Shark’s Insider Screenplay Contest for his feature script “Blue Motel.”

Jenny Stolte Dewes

writer, producer, cinematographer

A 2008 graduate of the Columbia College Cinematography program, Jenny Stolte has kept busy working on shorts and features throughout the Midwest for the past two years. In 2003 she started the production company Collateral Damage Productions, which has produced two feature films and countless shorts, many of which did quite well in film festivals around the country. No stranger to producing her own films, Jenny is looking forward to the challenge of producing and shooting a zombie musical.

Greg Szydlowski

composer & lyricist

Greg is a versatile composer who likes to break apart established musical genres and then put the pieces back together in unexpected ways, creating music that is familiar yet oddly intriguing. Greg also writes and records humorous / satirical music. Posing as a variety of eccentric different recording artists for the label Pretty Special Records, he writes music that not only skews but also celebrates the conventions and idiosyncrasies of several diverse musical genres. Greg lives and works in Chicago.

Matt Olson

producer

Matt Olson is a 2005 graduate of the University of Iowa. Since then he has been working both in television and film around the Midwest.  He is a skilled Gaffer, Key Grip, Shooter, Audio Technician, and has even won a few awards as a Writer/Director. He has co-produced both of Collateral Damage Productions’ features with Jenny Stolte, and as always is looking to take this project far beyond anything they have made in the past.Matt Olson is a 2005 graduate of the University of Iowa. Since then he has been working both in television and film around the Midwest.  He is a skilled Gaffer, Key Grip, Shooter, Audio Technician, and has even won a few awards as a Writer/Director. He has co-produced both of Collateral Damage Productions’ features with Jenny Stolte, and as always is looking to take this project far beyond anything they have made in the past.

Camera equipment provided by

Spencer & Kim Meffert, SKM Ventures

Lighting & Grip Equipment provided by

Travis Moody, Red Star Pictures

Latest News

San Diego Comic-Con Press Release!

Indie Zombie Musical to screen at SDCC 2012 and available on iTunes   June 30, 2012– Zombie fans everywhere will be excited to hear that Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story[…]

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July 2, 2012 0

San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival!

Hey there zombie fans! This just in, Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story, is headed to San Diego for a screening at a little thing called Comic-Con. Wooooooooooo! If you’re headed[…]

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June 14, 2012 0

“Most Fun Zombie Invasion” Award!

We’re pleased to announce that Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story has won the “Most Fun Zombie Invasion” award at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival! Check out all the winners[…]

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June 2, 2012 0

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