FLESH AND BLOOD is a genre short film that revolves around two key threats: the external threat of a zombie virus (and the post-apocalyptic world that it has created) and the internal threat of a family tearing itself apart. I wanted to tell this story because I am passionate about combining genre elements with serious dramatic storytelling. Films like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, PRISONERS, and 28 DAYS LATER were huge inspirations for the project due to the way in which they bring realistic characters and emotions into exciting, heightened storytelling environments. Similarly, despite being set in a world of “rage virus” infection, FLESH AND BLOOD is grounded in the story of two sisters struggling to deal with an out-of-control parent, which lends the story an emotional truth not always found in genre films.
SYNOPSIS: When an apocalyptic virus threatens to turn her father into a violent monster, 18 year-old Max must lead him and her younger sister, Ellen, through a perilous mountain range in hope of finding a cure on the other side. With Max willing to risk it all to save her father, and Ellen willing to do anything to protect herself and Max, the small family finds itself not only struggling for survival against incredible odds, but also being torn apart from within.
Clint Jordan, Simon, received a 2002 Independent Spirit Award nomination for the title role in VIRGIL BLISS, which was also nominated for The John Cassavetes Award and won the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Other notable work includes MILK AND HONEY, a 2003 Sundance premiere; DOWN TO THE BONE, Best Director winner at the 2004 Sundance Jury Competition; PAPER COVERS ROCK, a 2008 SXSW world premiere; as well as commercial work for Acura, Fidelity, Jaguar, Lowes, IBM, AT&T and many more.
Hannah Telle, Max, is an actor, singer, and songwriter who gained attention for her work as the lead in the cult hit episodic video game LIFE IS STRANGE. She has also appeared in TV shows including SEX IN THE CITY and DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Charlotte Alexis White, Ellen, is a talented young actor who has had featured roles on shows including GREY’S ANATOMY, LONGMIRE, and PRIVATE PRACTICE.
Merlin Camozzi, Writer and Director, is a filmmaker creating work both independently and on behalf of global brands including Coca-Cola, HP, Uber, Morgan Stanley and ARRI. Merlin’s films have shown at festivals around the world and he has received awards including the Cirque du Soleil Emerging Artist Fellowship and the MPAA Directing Award. Recently, he was selected as a directing fellow for the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, wrote and directed a package of digital shorts for Eli Roth’s Crypt TV, and directed the pilot episode of a 2017 Student Emmy-nominated web series. Merlin recently completed an MFA at UCLA and holds a JD from Northwestern University.
Julia Swain, Director of Photography, Julia Swain is a Los Angeles based cinematographer known for her emotion-driven imagery that consistently seeks to portray the human experience. From narrative features and shorts to music videos and commercials, Swain has shot for an array of clients including National Geographic, Samsung, Coca-Cola and ARRI. Her library of work has earned her the ASC Vision Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. Most recently, she wrapped shooting her fourth feature film, SPEED OF LIFE, directed by Liz Manashil and starring Ann Dowd and she is finishing up directing a feature documentary celebrating women in cinematography. Swain holds an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Tim Lewis, Producer, is a writer and producer with a passion for humanistic storytelling. He has previously worked in the office of Academy Award winning producer Michael Sugar at Anonymous Content. Tim has an MFA from UCLA and is always looking for a good story. Prior to his career in media and entertainment, he was a creative associate for the strategic communications firm Hattaway Communications.
Linda Christina Riedmann, Producer, Linda Christina Riedmann is an independent producer in the US and Austria and also works for Participant Media. Her credits include short film anthology MISSISSIPPI REQUIEM, starring James Franco and Topher Grace; and the first three episodes of a 2017 college Emmy-nominated web series. Most recently, Linda produced music videos for artist Saro that will premiere on VICE Media’s Noisey and OUT Magazine. Linda is active on the festival circuit as a screener for the Austin Film Festival and serves on the jury of the 2018 Alpinale Film Festival in Austria. She holds an MFA in Producing from UCLA and a BA Honors in Film Studies from King’s College London.