Lonnie, a crop duster pilot, must lead a mismatched group of survivors to escape the deadly zombie horde after an experimental chemical, intended to control the invasive kudzu vine, transforms the citizens of Charleston, MS into zombies.
Charleston, Mississippi, the hometown of actor Morgan Freeman and Blues pianist Mose Allison, has been chosen by a large agrochemical corporation – GloboBioTech – to test its new chemical, Quadoxin. The herbicide Quadoxin is intended to control the kudzu vine which is highly invasive and notoriously hard to kill. Native to Asia, kudzu was introduced into the United States as a fodder crop and for erosion control. Kudzu grows extremely fast (One ft/day) in the southeastern US climate, spreading unchecked and destroying power lines, buildings, and native vegetation in its path.[show_more more=”Show More…” less=”Show Less…”]
With the Mose Allison Music Festival going on, everyone is in downtown Charleston celebrating. Lonnie is helping his uncle and aunt, Ed and Nancy Nelson sell meat pies at the festival. The famous and popular meat pies are made with Creighton’s goats, which feed on the sprayed kudzu. Once the Quadoxin enters the human food chain it metabolizes in the people who consume it, turning them into zombies – “Kudzu Zombies”. Lonnie must lead a mismatched group of “healthy eaters” who didn’t eat the meat pies to escape. Now forced to defend themselves against their friends and fellow town citizens, they must get to the airport and fly to safety.
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Mark Newton, is a writer, director, and producer based out of Hollywood, California.
Receiving his bachelors degree from the Art Institute in 2000 where he learned filmmaking and visual effects, Mark went on to complete several short films and then moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Hollywood, California in 2008 to pursue his career in filmmaking.
While working at several major studios as an effects artist and editor, Mark started filming his first feature-length movie, the sci-fi/horror movie The Dreadnoughts (2009), which he wrote, directed and produced. Soon after Mark started production on the feature City of Darkness (2010). In 2011, Mark co-produced A Happy Apocalypse. In 2012, Mark wanted to try directing comedy and completed the short film The Revenge. The Revenge got into the Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival and won several awards.
After that success Mark decided to direct a feature length comedy called Hit Team. Hit Team went into production in 2012 and was completed in 2013. In 2016 Mark completed directing and producing a horror-comedy, Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies and the documentary Heal. Coming up he will also be producing Hollow Point. Other upcoming projects include Kill Mountain, Run or Die, In L.A., Fault Line, Revelations, Death’s View, and the soon to be in production feature Too Far Gone which he is slated to direct.
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies is thrill ride that will pump life and Quadoxin into the zombie genre. Quadoxin is a chemical produced to kill kudzu, an invasive plant. It gets into the food chain turning the towns’ people of Charleston Mississippi into zombies. This is a horror filled southern fried zombie film, full of blood, gore and non-stop zombie killing till the end. I am really happy with the way the movie came out and I can’t wait to see audiences’ reactions…[show_more more=”Show More…” less=”Show Less…”]
I am a huge zombie movie fan of both current day movies and the originals that started it all. The concept forAttack of the Southern Fried Zombies is very original, to my knowledge there hasn’t been a plant-based zombies film. We also wanted to show the toxic chemical, Quadoxin that changes people into zombies go through the food chain.
I love newer zombie movies like World War Z, Planet Terror the Resident Evil series and of also the early seasons of The Walking Dead. Straightforward horror is my favorite but zombie movies have also always been a bit campy. Dead Snow and Shaun of the Dead are great movies with humor, gore and horror. Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies is a mix of all of these movies combined making it a very unique and modern horror, zombie movie. If I had to compare it to another movie I would say it’s very similar to Zombieland. Not necessarily a comedy but the characters and situations are somewhat funny.
We decided to film it in Charleston Mississippi for multiple reasons. The obvious one is that it’s where kudzu grows. Kudzu comes from Japan and originally it was brought in as an ornamental plant, also to prevent erosion. The problem is once it’s planted in the ground it can grow up to 1 foot a day and the roots are very hard to kill. It climbs the trees and can completely engulf acres of land. Making it look like a tropical rain forest in another country and visually it is very cinematic. I’m very surprised I have never seen it in another movie before. Once I did see it, I was very excited that our movie would be the first to show this unique part of southern America.
Other reasons to film in Mississippi were a nice tax incentive but Charleston specifically has a lot of character. It reminded me a lot of Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show or Hill Valley from Back to the Future. It has a courthouse surrounded by a town square. The textures and surrounding streets are very cinematic and colorful. The residence of Charleston, Mississippi really became our zombies. They were very helpful and went out of their way to help us make the movie. Charleston is home to Morgan Freeman and Mose Allison a founder of blues music that we named our festival after. The extras and our camera crew were almost all from Mississippi. Even though some of the days were very hot and we were filming almost the entire movie outside, no one ever complained. We had a lot of fun on set but had a very hectic schedule. I did push the crew very hard at times to meet our deadlines. They always gave 110% and I hope to be able to work with crews from Mississippi again in the future.
I was lucky to get a great group of actors. With the help of our casting director Laura Warner we assembled an amazing group. Escalante Lundy, (from Django Unchained) Moses Moseley, (from The Walking Dead) Jeremy Sandy, (Deep Water Horizon) just to name a few. We had a very large cast of 15+ actors. All of them came with their A game. They knew the characters well and had really worked out the details. It made that aspect of directing the movie very easy. I did work with actors on character development and I think that paid off. In a short amount of time, I feel the audience can connect and care for these characters.
I was lucky to be able to work with Jonathon Thornton an amazing SFX makeup artist. He molded all the masks and singlehandedly put prosthetic on 10 to 20 zombies a day. Also doing any gag that was in the script. We have faces bitten off, arms ripped off and heads blown up, all real on set blood curdling prosthetic, orchestrated by Jonathon. We did use some VFX in the movie, actually over 200 VFX were done. Fire explosions and other dangerous things we couldn’t do on set were done with cutting edge VFX.
As a director that is also a VFX supervisor I could easily get carried away on set with VFX. I understand complex VFX shots like the zombies attacking the wall in World War Z and know how to pull that stuff off. I also understand how a CGI zombie isn’t that scary. As in Legend where it’s obvious we are looking at a CGI monster. A real actor is always more scary to me then CGI. That is the main reason we kept it mostly real, in camera effects inAttack of the Southern Fried Zombies.
I set out to make an action-packed, entertaining and scary zombie movie. I think I accomplished this and hope to have made a current day, cult classic.
– director Mark Newton[/show_more]
Christian Hokenson is a screenwriter based in Santa Clarita, California. He has written feature length screenplays for Loco Motion Pictures’ Capitol Punishment, FilmQuake Productions’ Kudzu Zombies (with a bit part as the zombified Town Drunk), and an unproduced script, Consumed. He has also written short films including The Star Crossed, The Family Jewel, both for FilmQuake Productions, and Translate, for BlazeWalker Productions.
He is currently writing the feature screenplays for Tandy Warren, the story of the Yazoo Witch, and American Carnage, a story of racial injustice and racial vengeance, both for FilmQuake Productions. Other projects he’s working on include Malvaggio, a story of a mob heist gone seriously, horribly wrong; and a work-in-progress pulp detective novel that’s coming along very nicely, thank you.
Timothy Haug plays the lead role of Lonnie in Kudzu Zombies (2017). He’s best known for his lead role in the movie Sins of the Fathers (2016), which won the Excellence Award at the 2016 Rincon International Film Festival and his role in To Feel Human (2016), which was shown at the 2016 Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner.
Other notable film projects include his upcoming role in the feature film Malady (2017) and his lead role in the film Misere (2017). In addition, Tim has written and will executive produce the feature film, Too Far Gone, now in pre-production.
If you haven’t seen one of his films, you might have caught him in a MasterCard Red Carpet Commercial (2016) or Dillon Francis’s music video “Not Butter” (2015).
Moses Moseley has been modeling since 2010 and moved into acting soon after. Moses is best known for playing the role of one of Michonne’s iconic pet zombies on the hit show The Walking Dead and being on the cover of Entertainment Weekly for The Walking Dead.
He has appeared in numerous national commercials and continues to model. He has also been featured on other television shows and movies such as The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Homicide Hunters, Necessary Roughness, Resurrection, The Internship, Single Ladies, 42, Trouble with the Curve, and Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Kaitlin is thrilled to be a part of the Kudzu family! Some of her recent film/tv credits include Homeland, Power, Ted 2, Frat Star, and others. Kaitlin is also a veteran Broadway dancer having appeared in the revivals of West Side Story (2009), Anything Goes (2011) & Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012) Kaitlin can currently be seen as Magician Dan White’s assistant in The Magician at The Nomad Hotel in NYC
Michael trained at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since his graduation, Michael has worked steadily, appearing on All My Children, One Life To Live, Monk, Guiding Light and most notably as “Andy” on As The World Turns. He also co-starred on the CBS hit show Blue Bloods, as well as the ABC show Body Of Proof opposite Dana Delany.
Michael played the role of ‘Stephen’ in the, film The Historian, which starred William Sadler and Miles Doleac, and which shot in Mississippi. Michael guest starred role of the hit television series, Shameless. Michael also had a pivotal role the feature film Bone Tomahawk, which stars Patrick Wilson, Kurt Russell, and David Arquette. Michael was a lead in the film Randy’s Canvas, a story about autism with Scout Taylor-Compton, Kevin Schmidt, and Adam Carbone.
Michael is currently working as a guest starring on the show Startup (Crackle), playing the role of ‘Brent.’ Michael is on the ‘rise’ for sure!
Clay Acker is an LA based actor and model from Pennsylvania. He is best known in the commercial world for his work with Schwinn Fitness, Logitech, Skechers Golf and has numerous commercials and print adds all of the web and television. His recent film credits include Tau Tau, Tattoo Nightmares, Diverted Eden, Dead of Summer, and All We Do. He is also an avid supporter and participant of the TOSCARS. Most notably, Clay likes to tell bad jokes.
Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @thenutclacker
Scotty Whitehurst was born in Laurel, MS and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.F.A. in theatre performance. While at USM, Scotty took screen writing and participated in numerous student and indie films. This led to Scotty pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.
Scotty has worked professionally acting for TV and Film since 2008, acting in the movies I Love You Phillip Morris, with superstar Jim Carrey, and Jeff, Who Lives At Home, with funny guys Jason Segal and Ed Helms. On TV Scotty has performed in the movies Pizza My Heart and Campus Confidential for ABC Family; For One Night for Lifetime; Worst. Prom. Ever. for MTV, Impact Earth, and most recently guest starred on NCIS: New Orleans.
Scotty is also a casting assistant for Morgan Casting having helped cast Hollywood movies Blackbird, The Hollars, Greater, Shark Lake, I Killed My BFF, Dixieland, Battlecreek, Life At These Speeds, Worry Dolls, Sticky Notes, The Historian, Starve, Big Significant Things, and The Sound and the Fury with James Franco. As a casting director, Scotty has also cast short films The Transfer, What’s Behind Door X, The Goblin King, and The Choice along with the feature film Cagin of Chrysaint. In his spare time, Scotty teaches acting for film in Hattiesburg, MS.
Although he spends most of his time performing stand-up all across the USA, Michael Joiner is also an established actor in both movies and television. After learning the craft through study with some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed acting coaches, by the late ’80s Joiner began to audition regularly. He started landing small roles in films like the 1988 horror comedy Fright Night Part 2.
After moving his family back to Hollywood in 2000, Michael private coached with Kevin Spacey’s acting teacher, John Swanbeck. After several months their he auditioned for and was allowed into Sal Landi’s very coveted and private acting class where he performed on stage weekly with A-listers and other very well known actors. Soon after Michael landed an agent and was getting cast in TV, Film and Commercials. His comedy career was also taking off, especially after he won 1st place at The Hollywood Improv’s “Funniest Comic in LA” contest in 2008.
In 2010, after moving his family back home to Kansas City, MO, Michael beat out dozens of actors to land the starring role in Sony Pictures The Grace Card. Since then Michael has starred in over a dozen feature films. He considers his role as “Mayor Luckwood” In Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies his most insanely fun character to date.
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Miles is an actor, director, writer and producer in television, theatre and film and a professor of Classical Studies and Film at the University of Southern Mississippi. Miles’ feature-length directorial debut The Historian, starring William Sadler, John Cullum, Colin Cunningham and Glynnis O’Connor won Best First Feature, Best Actor (William Sadler) and Best Supporting Actor (John Cullum) at the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo and, thereafter, received a theatrical release and was distributed in various video, internet and retail outlets in North America and internationally by Devolver Digital Films. Miles also wrote, produced and starred in the film, which was shot in Hattiesburg and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Miles’ second feature, The Hollow, a southern noir murder thriller, which he also wrote, directed and produced was released October 7, 2016, by Uncork’d Entertainment [show_more more=”Show More…” less=”Show Less…”] in select theaters, on VOD, iTunes and Amazon and can now be found at a Redbox kiosk near you. The Hollow stars James Callis, Christiane Seidel, William Sadler, David Warshofsky, Jeff Fahey and William Forsythe. The Hollow was also shot entirely in Mississippi. Miles won a Best Actor Award at the 2016 Long Island International Film Expo for his performance in the film. Miles’ third feature, Demons, a psychological thriller starring Andrew Divoff (The Wishmaster, Lost), Steven Brand (The Scorpion King) and John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville), shot in the Hattiesburg area, released in theaters and VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment in October 2017 and won Best Narrative awards at both Rails to Reels and Fear Fete Film Festivals. Miles has also directed three shorts in Mississippi, Two Birds (Columbia), Light & Shadow (Meridian), and Handsome (Hattiesburg). Also an actor, Miles has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including American Horror Story (FX), Banshee (Cinemax), Halt and Catch Fire (AMC), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Treme (HBO), Breakout Kings (A & E), Complications (USA), Salem (WGN), Underground (WGN), Astronaut Wives Club (ABC), Game of Silence (NBC), Valor (CW), Vacation (with Chris Hemsworth, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Leslie Mann), Don’t Kill It and Shark Lake (both with Dolph Lundgren), Cat Run 2, Bad Ass 3 (with Danny Trejo and Danny Glover), See Girl Run (with Adam Scott and Robin Tunney), Jake’s Road (with Eric Roberts), Mighty Fine (with Chazz Palminteri and Andie McDowell), The Livingston Gardener, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, director Dustin Schuetter’s Rejects and SyFy Channel Originals Swamp Volcano (with Brad Dourif and Rachel Hunter), Storm War (with Stacey Keach), Mississippi River Sharks, and, most recently, Santa Jaws. Miles has appeared in the History Channel’s remake of Alex Haley’s Roots and in the recurring role of “Captain Lee Scott” on the CW’s (and Julie Plec’s) Containment. He also appeared in the Antoine Fuqua-directed Magnificent Seven reboot with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. Miles is the Executive Director of FestivalSouth Film Expo, an indie-focused film festival that takes place in Miles’ hometown of Hattiesburg, an integral component to one of the largest multi-arts festivals (FestivalSouth) in the Southeast. Miles co-founded New York’s Southern Playwright’s Theatre Project in New York and starred in their off-off Broadway production of Horton Foote’s 1918 and produced and starred in an acclaimed production of Julius Caesar at Los Angeles’ Lillian Theatre. Miles is an executive board member of Hattiesburg, MS-based theatre company, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, where he has directed recent productions of Into the Woods, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which also performed at Jackson’s Duling Hall. As an actor, he has appeared in HCLO’s productions of Les Miserables (as “Valjean”), Jesus Christ Superstar (as “Judas” and “Jesus” on alternating nights), Cabaret (as “The Emcee”), Camelot (as “Arthur”), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (as “Hedwig”), “Macbeth” in Macbeth, and “Sheldrake” in White Christmas. He is a member of SAG, Equity, DGA and WGA. Miles is also an impassioned advocate of education. He holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an MA in History from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD in Ancient History from Tulane University. He has studied the history of antiquity all over the world, including at the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany. Miles serves as an Assistant Professor of Classics and Film Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches courses in Film, Latin, Greek and the history of the Greco-Roman World. Miles’ book on Alexander the Great, In the Footsteps of Alexander: The King Who Conquered the Ancient World, is currently available at various retail outlets.[/show_more]
Kiyomi is internationally known for her leading roles in films such as Elevator (2015) written by Anthony Ma and 1 1/2 Days, which premieres this year. Her supporting roles include Dust (2014), and The Lost Samurai (2010). She has been featured in numerous commercials including a Japanese car commercial with Bruce Willis. Born in Shizouka, Japan, Kiyomi fell in love with acting when she would watch American films as a little girl. She had the opportunity to travel the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada before landing in Hollywood to pursue her dream of acting. She has trained at Beverly Hills Play House, Upright Citizens Brigade, Io West, and Joanne Baron/ D.W. Brown Studio.