Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960’s, “Rise” is a story told within the framework of real life events of the times and crafted to fit perfectly within the lexicon of Zombie canon created by the legendary George A. Romero and continued by his own legacy and first-born son, George C. Romero.
This film has become, with good reason, my white whale. Making “Rise of the Living Dead” is so much more than a film has ever been to me and through the course of development of this project a lot has been born with regard to the overall property; hence the reason I’m centralizing everything about the project on this site. As indicated by the page title, however, this page is dedicated strictly to the film portion of the property, so let’s get to it.
Scientist Ryan Cartwright’s revolutionary practices catch the attention of a clandestine military organization set on weaponizing Cartwright’s research for the conflict in Vietnam and beyond. with the promise of unlimited resources and the chance to be reunited with his daughter.
Cartwright’s dark abandon races him forward with A serum that will allow people to live beyond death. after early success, things quickly spiral, Cartwright must do whatever it takes to save his daughter, destroy his own life’s work and prevent the unthinkable from taking over the modern world.
it takes a village…
Orson Welles said it best when he said “A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.”
“Rise” maybe the best example of the words of Welles that I have ever seen, personally. I’ve worked on, produced and/or directed more than 2 dozen films in my life and more than 125 commercials and every one of them required a small army to complete. But “Rise” is something much more than even the largest of productions I’ve ever seen.
Thankfully, I’ve managed to put together a pretty solid case for this project since its inception in 2010 and I’ve been able to ask a few friends, mentors and career idols to be a part of it; to which they have all said yes!
That said, the “Rise” family is growing quickly and I will be announcing new team members here as I move forward.