Mexican zombies, a drug cartel, and vigilante teenagers: A Kickstarter campaign worth seeing!
Indie filmmaker Jorge Luis Urbina and a comic artist Don Nguyen do the impossible by starting a unique Kickstarter campaign about a group of kids fighting off an impending zombie invasion.
This is a two-fold campaign hoping to result in a short film and at least two comic book issues of the project titled, The Dead Crossing. Fans of The Walking Dead, Zombieland, and 80’s teen/tween films like The Goonies will love this fun filled adventure set in the Southwest.
“One day I was at a park with my son and we saw a hand full of Chicano kids running around playing “World War Z” on the playground. The kids fighting zombies pretended to be all sorts of characters from The Walking Dead, Iron Man, Batman, you get the idea. It was fun to watch but I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool to tell a story about characters they could identify with? I think it would,” says Jorge
The story takes place in the small border town of Nogales, AZ, where tensions run high amongst the residents as the town and its outlying territory are besieged by illegal narcotic activity. Our protagonist, Juan Carlos, is a teenage boy right in the middle of it as he secretly runs drugs with his buddy Kiko for a local narco. When the two discover their boss’s tactics for smuggling drugs causes migrants to turn into zombies, they find themselves leading a group of their misfit friends to stop the outbreak.
This story has been in development since Jorge was in film school back in 2003 at The University of Arizona. “I have always wanted to tell a border story but with a funky twist. Showcasing the environment of the Southwest, its people, and its culture within a zombie film would yield something very interesting if its done right!” says Jorge. So Jorge took his idea to Kickstarter.com in attempt to raise $85,000 in just 30 days to make a short film and two issues of the comic version based on the concept to help generate a fan base.
Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model, so if The Dead Crossing project doesn’t reach its goal at the end of 30 days, then it might be years before zombie lovers can experience this project. To follow their project, be sure to find them on Twitter and Facebook and spread the word to your social media networks. Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life. If you decide to donate more, you will definitely be able to enjoy some cool incentives for your contribution to the project.