The Detroit Zombie Con will be taking place later this month and they’ve provided us with an update on special guests and events, including the addition of Dawn of the Dead‘s David Emge and Scott Reiniger:
“With AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead on hiatus Zombie fans are making summer plans to attend DETROIT ZOMBIE CON at the Motion Picture Institute in Troy, MI. Zombie Con is a two-day event that brings together Zombie, and Horror Fans, Creators, Artists, Novelists, Film Makers at Michigan’s premiere film school; MPI (www.mpifilm.com) at 2040 Crooks road in Troy, MI. –August 17th and 18th, 2013 The convention includes a two-day film festival with the World Premiere of Anchor Bay’s zombie vs. robots epic Battle of the Damned not due in theatres until 2014. You can see it first at Z-Con.
We also have the Michigan Sneak Preview of the award winning documentary Birth of the Living Dead ahead of its worldwide release from First Run Features, It’s about the making of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Synapse Films are screening the critically acclaimed Japanese zombie film Undertaker that has never been shown in the US. Z-Con also has Special Guests like Courtney Gains (Malachi from Children of the Corn). Courtney can currently be seen in the zombie role playing flick Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead.
We are also celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original Dawn of the Dead with stars David Emge and Scott Reiniger in attendance. More guests to be announced soon. There will be panel discussions with Rue Morgue magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Dave Alexander, Film Journalist Mike White (the Projection Booth, ParaCinema), author David Hayes (Cinema Head Cheese) and Jonathan James (Daily Dead), with many others tba.
There is a special fx seminar; How To Make a Zombie by Creature Division FX (28 Days, Crazies), a much talked about Ms. Zombie Con Pin Up Gal Contest that will be judged by radio personalities. Lovely Gals will ghoul themselves up and shamble down the haunted runway. We also have a Gallery of the Dead that features zombie themed paintings and photographs from artists around the country.
And for those who like to dress up and play zombie there is a Zombie role playing game based off the hit Anchor Bay zombie film MIMESIS: Night of the Living Dead. One of the stages at MPI will be converted into a haunted attraction where guests who come as their favorite screen zombie get to wander the halls interacting with unsuspecting patrons. The Con will feature art work by renowned zombie artists Gary Pullin (Rue Morgue), Mark Hammermeister (Walking Dead) Matt Busch (Star Wars) and more. Stay tuned for more announcements. Do not miss out on this one-of -a-kind event! . Zombie Con is being sponsored by the Motion Picture Institute, Michigan’s premiere film college (www.mpifilm.com) , F.Y.E (For Your Entertainment) and more.