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American Zombie -- Despite their wildly different working styles, Grace and John manage to chronicle the hopes and dreams of four fascinating subjects: IVAN, a convenience-store clerk who longs for a career in publishing; LISA, a florist trying to recover her lost memories; JUDY, a hopeless romantic who learns to accept her true nature; and JOEL (pronounced "Ho-El"), a committed political activist striving for zombie rights. As Grace strives to get to know the zombies "on their own terms," John is eager to uncover their darker side and rallies to get the crew permission to shoot at a three-day, zombies-only retreat called Live Dead where the documentary takes an unexpected - and dangerous - turn. What transpires there is beyond anything the filmmakers could imagine, as they are forced to re-evaluate their ideas about tolerance, identity politics and the future of the human race.
American Zombie -- Pic documents the daily lives of a small community of the living deceased who make their home in Los Angeles.


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  (in credits order)

Austin Basis ... Ivan

Jane Edith Wilson ... Lisa

Al Vicente ... Joel

Suzy Nakamura ... Judy
John Solomon ... Himself

Grace Lee ... Herself
Andrew Amondson ... Himself

Amy Higgins ... Dr. Gloria Reynolds (as Amy D. Higgins)

Kevin Michael Walsh ... Kennedy
Jose Solomon ... Glen

Paul Eiding ... Hank Baker
Philip Newby ... Rodrigo Weiss

Finneus Egan ... Stag
Roger Ainslie ... Jim Miller

Ossie Mair ... Stan Boyd

Andi Matheny ... Beverly Fitzpatton

Alice Amter ... Esperanza McNunn

Vanessa Peters ... Monique

Raymond Ma ... Factory Owner

Micki Schloss ... Frank Velasco

Lorna Scott ... Theresa Morgan
Donovan Oakleaf ... Reverend Donovan
David L. Delman ... Bible Study Participant #1
James M. Logan ... Bible Study Participant #2
Hartley Engel ... Bible Study Participant #3
John Durbin ... Howl

Gerry Katzman ... Mr. Right
Yuri Elvin ... Zombie Guard

Kasi Brown ... Maude

Tracy Thorpe ... Neighbor

Jesse D. Goins ... Officer Hannigan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christina Maria Davis ... Dr.'s Assistant
Katarina Dorsey ... Attacking Zombie (uncredited)

Monique Edwards ... Cheryl Park (uncredited)
Martin Garner ... Web designer (uncredited)
John Jarvis ... Lead (uncredited)
Paulah May ... Zombie Instigator / festival dancer (uncredited)

Chad Moffitt ... Zombie DJ (uncredited)
María Antonieta Vázquez ... Church Zombie (uncredited)
Marcus Wynnycky ... Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
Grace Lee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Grace Lee 
Rebecca Sonnenshine 

Produced by
Lu Cien Hioe .... line producer
Eunkyung 'Jude' Jung .... associate producer
Hoon-tak Jung .... executive producer (as Teddy Hoon-Tack Jung)
In-Ah Lee .... producer
Catherine Park .... associate producer
Ralf Weinfurtner .... line producer
Pablo Miralles .... field associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Woody Pak 
Cinematography by
Matthias Grunsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tamara Maloney  (as Tamara M. Maloney)
Casting by
John Jackson 
Production Design by
Nathan Amondson 
Art Direction by
Zach Bangma 
Set Decoration by
Melanie Rein 
Costume Design by
Annie Yun  (as Annie U. Yun)
Makeup Department
Maria Jang Kelly .... hair/makeup assistant
April Nhi Le .... hair/makeup assistant
Akiko Matsumoto .... make-up and hair
Akiko Matsumoto .... special makeup effects artist
Yoko Nobushi .... special makeup effects artist
Tsuyoshi Ogawa .... hair/makeup assistant
Taka Sakai .... hair/makeup assistant
Naoko Takeichi .... hair/makeup assistant
Keiko Wedding .... assistant makeup and hair
Yuko Yamauchi .... hair/makeup assistant
Production Management
Ralf Weinfurtner .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kent Abbott .... second second assistant director
Sierra Donley .... second assistant director (as Sierra D. Donley)
Christian Lohf .... first assistant director
Art Department
Isaac Amondson .... constructor
Amanda Archibald .... art department intern
Austin Basis .... illustrator: 'Zine
Liza Chenault .... set dresser
Jennifer Emil .... assistant art director
Scott Enge .... carpenter
Cary Greenberg .... property master
Jina Kim .... art department coordinator
H. Conrad Knapp .... lead man
David Lubinsky .... art department intern
Eric Weitz .... graphic artist
Adam C. Woods .... constructor
Sound Department
Pete Horner .... sound designer
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Spencer .... dialog editor
Marlon Torres .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
James Beatty .... grip
Tristan Clark .... grip
Michael Phelan .... electrician
Melvina M. Rapoza .... first assistant camera
Mathew Rudenberg .... gaffer
Troy Wagner .... assistant camera
Erin Weller .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Randy McKenney .... extras casting
Alf Seccombe .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Cresswell .... costume supervisor
Christine Kim .... key costumer
Kiersten Ronning .... costumer
Luther E. Sullivan .... intern
Editorial Department
Fergus Hally .... color timer
Transportation Department
Paul Feddersen .... transportation coordinator
Colleen Rea .... transportation
Other crew
Luis Ambris .... craft service
Alvie Baker .... production assistant
Jaimie Ballance .... location assistant
Janet Chen .... extras assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Jade DeCosta .... production accountant
Patrick Duchesne .... caterer
Andrew Fort .... zombie historian
Elisabeth Hofmann .... intern
Conall Jones .... script supervisor
Eun-Young Lee .... set medic
Gillian Luera .... assistant location manager (as Gillian Evans)
Chris Lum .... set medic
David Magdael .... publicist
Pablo Miralles .... Live Dead coordinator
Janice Paik .... extras coordinator
Bill Palmer .... key set production assistant
Steven Schwedt .... office production assistant
Alf Seccombe .... production assistant (as Alfred Seccombe)
Gentry Stubblefield .... production assistant
Lynn M. van Kuilenburg .... location manager
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
Joe Dante .... special thanks
Josh Diamond .... special thanks
Nic Cha Kim .... special thanks
Linda Lichter .... special thanks
John Solomon .... dedicatee (as John)
Rebecca Sonnenshine .... very special thanks

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Germany:90 min (European Film Market)

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26 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
American Zombie Review, 29 April 2007
Author: Adam Donaghey from United States

When asked if there are flesh-eating zombies out there, Joel--an undead political activist--quickly retorts: "are there flesh-eating humans?" Grace Lee not only directs American Zombie, but plays herself in the film. She teams up with John Solomon--also playing himself--to film a documentary project about an undead community living in L.A. The duo quickly find out that some sort of virus, brought on by a violent death, is plaguing its residents, and ultimately zombifying an entire community.

American Zombie is a veritable slice-of-life of four "revenants"--Joel, founder of Z.A.G.: the Zombie Advocacy Group; Judy, who naively searches for true love and denies her zombiness; Ivan, a convenience store clerk who aspires to be a writer; and Lisa, a florist specializing in funeral arrangements for other people--who secretly longs for her own. Each character represents an average person with average emotions and average problems, showing us that the undead aren't too different than the living. Well, except for their rotting flesh, of course.

What's really great about the film is the absolute mockery the protagonists make of themselves. Grace, the ever-so-astute naturalistic documentarian, and John, the bumbling investigative reporter, are at odds with each other throughout the film, and ultimately to a fault. What makes this film not-so-great is twofold: the running time and the conclusion. I think the film would have been better as a short. While it's in-depth look at each character is interesting, I'm not sure if its compelling enough to steer the audience towards anything meaningful. And even worse is the ending, after which, the audience can no longer sympathize with the plight of the community. Unfortunately, what could have been a provocative social commentary, becomes nothing more than a sensationalistic--albeit unique, comedic and funfilled--mockumentary.

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