I hasten to call Grace Lee’s “American Zombie” horror, because it’s really not; it’s a pseudo documentary/comedy about two documentary filmmakers who goes around Los Angeles documenting the struggles of, well, American zombies as they attempt to live amongst human society and achieve equal rights. Yup, it’s a pretty “out there” movie, but what would you expect from Lee, whose first movie went around looking for women with the name “Grace Lee” and having them talk about their experiences. Here’s our preview of “American Zombie”.
Filmmakers Grace Lee (“The Grace Lee Project”) and John Solomon (“Nonsense Man”) team up to shoot a documentary about high-functioning zombies living in Los Angeles and their struggles to gain acceptance in human society.
Despite their wildly different working styles, Grace and John manage to chronicle the hopes and dreams of four fascinating subjects: IVAN, a convenience-store clerk who longs for a career in publishing; LISA, a florist trying to recover her lost memories; JUDY, a hopeless romantic who learns to accept her true nature; and JOEL (pronounced “Yo-El”), a committed political activist striving for zombie rights. As Grace strives to get to know the zombies “on their own terms,” John is eager to uncover their darker side and rallies to get the crew permission to shoot at a three-day, zombies-only retreat called Live Dead where the documentary takes an unexpected – and dangerous – turn. What transpires there is beyond anything the filmmakers could imagine, as they are forced to re-evaluate their ideas about tolerance, identity politics and the future of the human race.
Starring Grace Lee, Austin Basis, Suzy Nakamura, Al Vicente, Jane Edith Wilson, and directed by Grace Lee.
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