As a young film lover growing up I was dazzled with imagery from several different film makers, Scorsese, Carpenter, Spielberg, Corman, De Palma, Coppola, Kaufman, Fulci etc. But the one film maker that stood above all of them was George Romero. His body of work was immense, and obviously he was most famously known for his "Dead" series. I have been an follower of his work (even the non-zombie fare) and I've always wanted to make a film that served as a love letter essentially to his brilliance in film making.
Dead Genesis is that love letter. I've had a love for zombie movies for years, but if I was going to make one I was going to make it the right way… and the only right way I know is the Romero way. His crafty ways of crossing harsh social commentary with terrifying (and often grisly images) was the way to go. I looked at the state of our world and witnessed what I consider to be the downfall of humanity on television. This apparent senseless slaughter of millions, this had to be told in a movie. And what better medium than a zombie movie.
With only a small handful of money and some great talent, we fought tooth and nail for a brutal three week shoot in the summer of '09 that really kicked our ass. But we knew that is would all be worth it in the end, all the blood, sweat and tears were for something. We had a story to tell and we would fight to the end to get the story on screen. The goal was to try and make a movie that would appeal to two different genres: The zombie film genre and the thinking film genre, if you were looking for a zombie movie, you would have it. If you were looking for something else, hopefully you would find it as well.
Dead Genesis is about the fall of humanity and the eventual rise (or genesis) of the undead. I hope and think that at the very least, its an entertaining film for people to watch. But I also hope it opens up a bit of a dialogue as well.