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Exclusive: TMP Interviews - Alex Ballar and Beau Nelson of Zombie Drugs

“Nothing Kills A Buzz Like A Zombie Attack!” This is the catchy tagline for the movie Zombie Drugs, a film where comedy intersects with the horror of zombies created by recreational drugs. Vinny and Sebastian decide to set up shop in the only industry they know — the drug business. With the help of Sebastian’s jealous ex-girlfriend and her rich best friend, they set out to produce and sell a drug that gives a perfect high. The four of them take on the drug world, fighting mobsters, frat boys, and yes, even the occasional zombie.    

Just when we thought we knew everything about hanging out with the undead, Zombie Drugs gives us a bit of a new spin on zombiedom. Creator Alex Ballar and producer Beau Nelson of Manginity Films sat down with TMP to discuss their film Zombie Drugs and tell us a little bit about their thoughts on the undead.

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Cyrus And The Men Behind The Film

It’s probably a safe bet to say that everyone has known someone sort of like the title character in the Duplass’ brothers new film ‘Cyrus’ – hopefully they weren’t as attached at the hip as Cyrus is but they were a momma’s boy all the same. It’s because of this that Cyrus is such an easy movie to relate to and go along with even though the story is a familiar one. I first heard of Jay and Mark Duplass when ‘The Puffy Chair’ was making the festival rounds and after seeing that film it was pretty obvious that this pair had a lot more to offer us on the big screen. Although I don’t know them personally it’s very exciting to see a pair of filmmakers you’ve been following for a while get an opportunity to have a studio behind them and produce a film with the talent found in ‘Cyrus’.

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Director's Spotlight: Clay Liford

While at South by Southwest I had an opportunity to sit down with Clay Liford and Barak Epstein, a very talented duo out of Dallas, to discuss their film ‘Earthling’.  The movie is a science fiction film about a group of people who realize their lives aren’t what they seem to be, and that they are actually aliens living inside of “host” human bodies.

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Director's Spotlight: Jeremy Snead

We recently sat down with Jeremy Snead, of Dallas-based production company Mediajuice Films, to get some real insight into the filmmaking industry, pursuing what you love, and whether or not Spiderman could really beat Strider Hiryu.


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A Roundtable Discussion

Over on The Hollywood Reporter’s website there is a Round Table discussion with the directors of some of the top pick’s (some say shoo-ins) for this year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominations. They are:

James Cameron (Avatar), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones), Jason Reitman (Up In The Air), And Lee Daniels (Precious).

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