Mimesis Wins Best Feature at The First Living Dead Film Festival in Chicago

Mimesis”, a film directed and produced by a local school in Troy, MI, recently earned several awards of distinction in the first ever Living Dead Film Festival in Chicago.


The film focuses on a group of horror fans attending a horror film convention that soon find themselves unwilling participants in a nightmarish role playing game that pays homage to a classic horror film. The theme of the film fits nicely into its tagline of ‘Why watch a horror film when you can live it’. Recently picked up by Anchor Bay Entertainment for distribution, Mimesis will be released nationally in March 2013.


Mimesis also received great reviews at the New York Horror Film festival last week and received the Best Screenplay award at La Samain Du Cinema Fantastique in Nice, France in October.


The Living Dead Film Festival in Chicago is a new event dedicated to zombie films and entertainment. In addition to receiving the award for Best Feature, “Mimesis” received awards in the following other categories:


  • Best Director
  • Best Special FX
  • Best Actor


Stars of “Mimesis” include Allen Maldanado (Best Actor Award), Jana Thompson, Lauren Shafer Gavin Grazer, Sid Haig, and Courtney Gains. The film is produced by Kurt Eli Mayry and Gavin Grazer. MPI Co-Founder Douglas Schulze wrote and directed the film. Joshua Wagner and Douglas Schulze were in charge of the film’s screenplay.


The Motion Picture Institute in Troy, MI assists those seeking a career as a Film Director with its Motion Picture Production Program and aspiring actors and actresses with its Motion Picture Actors Program.


For fourteen years, the Motion Picture Institute has been the launching pad for many aspiring filmmakers that have gone to work on mega-budget movies like Avatar, directed by James Cameron, Batman: The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan or The Avengers directed by Josh Whedon. MPI has also helped its graduates produce their own work, such as the award-winning feature Detroit Unleaded, directed by MPI graduate Rola Nashef which recently premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, the feature The Citizen, starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride, Glory) and directed by MPI graduate Sam Kadi or the Travel Channel's number #1 hit show Ghost Adventures created by MPI grad Zak Bagans


The Motion Picture Institute is located at 2040 Crooks Road, Suite B, Troy, MI 48084 and can be contacted at 248 – 528 – 1760 or through its website at www.mpifilm.com.


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