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Earlier this week we received an email from the independent Canadian filmmaker Thomas Newman to let us know about his $5000 zombie feature Bong of the Dead, which has been getting some decent press as of late off the back of a successful screening at the Cannes Independent Film Festival.
The film has been described as “Cheech and Chong meets Shaun of the Dead”, and sees two stoners – Jy Harris (50/50, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2) and Mark Wynn (Fringe, Supernatural) – survive a zombie apocalypse before discovering that zombie brains make a perfect fertilizer for a new strain of super-potent, fast-growing marijuana.
Having supplied make-up and visual effects on a number of film and television shows such as Millennium, The X-Files, Lake Placid and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Newman makes his directorial debut with Bong of the Dead, while he also serves as writer, producer, cinematographer, editor and composer. Also »
Bong of the Dead is written and directed by Thomas Newman (Lake Placid) and stars Simone Bailly (Good Luck Check), Jy Harris (50/50) and Allan Kipling. Today we received an interesting e-mail from indie filmmaker Thomas Newman who claims with only $5,000 he has made a cult hit with his zombie-stoner film “Bong of the Dead”. The film is currently making its rounds at film festivals around the world. Bong of the Dead was an official selection at the Cannes Independent Film Festival, and will be shown at Sitges International Film Festival in Spain and The Traverse City Film Festival. Bong of the Dead is about two potheads Edwin and Tommy during the post-zombie >> »
*a screener of this film was provided by director Thomas Newman.
Director/writer: Thomas Newman.
Thomas Newman went into production on the zombie comedy Bong of the Dead in 2008. He talked about this film with 28Dla here (Thomas Newman Interview on 28Dla), in 2009. This film was shown at Cannes 2011 and the film is a stoner comedy with some excellent make-up effects from Mike Fields (Wind Chill). The film has good acting, a straight forward script and a suitable bloody ending. However, one element rears its nasty head again and again; the film is dubbed, or there are some serious audio/visual synchronizing problems with the screener. The sound element breaks the realm of reality again and again, like a bubble of rising excitation.
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3 items from 2011
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