From the author of the critically-acclaimed book KILL THE MUSIC comes GHOST TREK, a comic horror series pilot based on a paranormal reality show. GHOST TREK follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (PUDS) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits – all the while risking life and limb confronting the undead.
Notable appearances in the GHOST TREK television pilot are Gia Allemand (ABCâ€™s The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad) recently cast as â€śAva Gardnerâ€ť in Gianni Russoâ€™s $70 million biopic produced by Paramount, the notorious Jonny â€śFairplayâ€ť Dalton (CBSâ€™s Survivor series), Christy Johnson (2010 Los Angeles Music Award winner for â€śBest Female Vocalistâ€ť), and ten-year-old Addy Miller (AMCâ€™s current mega-hit The Walking Dead).
The GHOST TREK pilot begins shooting December 10, 2010 in Charlotte, NC and its environs at a number of locations across the region, including the BUTTER nightclub, the NASCAR Hall of Fame building, as well as other studio and residential locations.
GHOST TREK is lead by Dr. Zeke Wallace (Michael Melendez), an ex-chiropractor turned paranormal investigator living in New York with his girlfriend, Shawna Leibowitz (Gia Allemand) who is also the showâ€™s producer. The other PUDS investigators are: Joey Mayhem and The Bomb, two UFC wanna-beâ€™s from New Jersey (Glenn Gilbertti and Scott Colton), the fashion-conscious psychic Guy Swisher (Brett Gentile), the teamâ€™s tech specialists and devoted stoners Robbie (Mikey â€śBâ€ť Bortone) and Ray-Ray (Johnny â€śFairplayâ€ť Dalton), the â€śliving dead-roller girlâ€ť case manager â€śScaryâ€ť Carrie Carmichael (Christy Johnson), Weasel the kleptomaniac cameraman (Kevin Johnson), and newbie Jules Partridge (Julia Bullock).
In the pilot entitled, â€śThe Kinsey Reportâ€ť, the team travels to Aspen, Colorado to investigate a supposed â€ścursedâ€ť house where a young pageant girl, Tyler Rae Kinsey (Addy Miller), was murdered. Meanwhile, Shawna is fuming over Zekeâ€™s outâ€“of-control spending, especially now that she suspects heâ€™s cheating on her. But sheâ€™s forced to sit still for Zekeâ€™s lunar escapades as Harvey Goldman, the showâ€™s executive producer (Lonn Friend), says, â€śHeâ€™s trending.â€ť
Combining the campiness of Kolchak: the Night Stalker, the dynamics of The X-Files, the comedy of Clerks, and knuckle-headedness of The Jersey Shore, thereâ€™s no question GHOST TREK will be a hit with the Family Guy and/or Ghost Hunters crowd. Described by Jason Tracey, writer and producer of A&Eâ€™s Burn Notice as â€śpromising and well-written,â€ť GHOST TREK combines indie-horror with indie-comedy creating a crossover market appeal by incorporating reality stars and actors, plus masterful
special effects make-up from two-time Emmy Award winner, Dean Jones (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
GHOST TREK TV PILOT (conâ€™t)
Producer: Bill Walker brings over thirty years of home video experience as a past consultant to Turner, New Line, and Castle Rock. Bill was also recognized as Charlotte Chamberâ€™s Wachovia Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.
Producer: Anne Saunders brings over twenty years of marketing, advertising, and award winning consultation experience in print and online media to the production. Anne worked for six years as Editor for Network Communications, Inc. where she personally developed Charlotteâ€™s New Homes Journal, winning Publication of the Year (2003, 2005, and 2007) by the Sales and Marketing Counsel of the Home Builders Association.
Director of Photography: Robert W. Filion has worn a lot of hats. Heâ€™s a director, producer, unit production manager, visual effects coordinator, and sound mixer with 17 years of filmmaking experience. Robert is also the 2008 American Zombie Film Competition winner for his short, See the Dead, judged, moderated, and sponsored by the iconic creator of Night of the Living Dead, George Romero. Rob also co-produced the award-winning Last Confederate.
Writer and Director: Michael Plumides is a celebrated author (Kill the Music- recognized as one of the â€śten best rock books of 2009â€ť and a bestseller on Amazonâ€™s Kindle store), writer (Blurt Magazine), also penning scripts for award winning director, Kent Smith (360 â€“ currently in development for 2011). He is currently in discussions to rewrite the second installment of horror legend, Tobe Hooperâ€™s Tool Box Murders. Plumides makes his directorial debut with the GHOST TREK TV pilot.
Michael conceptualized GHOST TREK in late 2009 after watching marathon episodes of cable paranormal reality shows such as Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, and Ghost Hunters International. He was convinced of an underlying comedic element to each show, begging to be lampooned. Michael began developing the characters of GHOST TREK in early 2010, and completed a feature script in March. Then using the screenplay as a template, Plumides wrote several TV episodes. The GHOST TREK feature film is in development, tentatively shooting in the spring of 2011.
Gia Allemand (Maxim, The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad) Michael Melendez (Lot 66)
Jonny â€śFairplayâ€ť Dalton (Survivor) Addy Miller (The Walking Dead)
Mikey â€śBâ€ť Bortone (Survivor) Kevin Johnson (Devilâ€™s Crossing)
Glenn Gilbertti (WWE, TNA, WCW) Scott Colton (WWE, TNA, ROI)
Christy Johnson (Mortuary) Brandy Brown (One Last Sunset)
Brett Gentile (Cold Storage) Lonn Friend (Airheads, ETV, RIP Magazine)
Cora Deitz (Sanguis Vitam Est â€“ Model) Julia Bullock (Lyra Shines Band)
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