About The Film

Dead Weight is an independent film produced in central Wisconsin throughout the course of 2011, and released in March 2012. It tells the story of Charlie Russell, traveling the wilderness in the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak, in search of his girlfriend, Samantha. As his journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most menacing, his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions Charlie must attempt to find attempt to break his obsessions with the past. He must learn to let it go.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I've been to HorrorHound Weekend Indianapolis quite a few times now. In 2007, my good friend, Drew, and I attended the first HHWI. It was at that very con where I began talking with a (hunk of a) man by the name of Aaron "AC" Christensen. In the following weeks, AC and I reunited at Flashback Weekend in Chicago, where I was promoting my first film, Better Off Undead. After that, there was no stopping us, the bromance was set in stone. Little did I know, that first brief and nerdy conversation with AC at HHWI would not only establish a relationship with an incredibly close and dear friend, but four years later, AC would don a beard and a hard-nosed facade to play the role of Thomas in Dead Weight.

It was on the convention floor and during late-night lobby shenanigans at a few HHWs that producer Dan Kiggins and I continued to bond over our love of horror, comics, and punk rock.

Backtrack one and a half years ago to the last HHWI, March 2011 to be exact. AC, Dan, and I were there together, just a mere few weeks before production began on Dead Weight. AC's beard was underway, Dan and I kept breaking down the script and talking logistics, and I anxiously, albeit slightly nervous, began planting the seed in the brains of my peers about this film we were about to start.

Lastly, and by no means least, it was at last year's HHWI that Nancy Cremer, who I had plenty of communications with over emails, and I met for the first time in person. Shortly after, Nancy came into the Dead Weight family as one of our executive producers.

To summarize, HHWI has played quite a role, even if indirectly, in bringing Dead Weight to the screen. Perhaps it goes without saying, but on a personal note, I am beyond thrilled to return to HorrorHound Weekend Indianapolis next week (September 7-9) with Adam, AC, and Dan, on behalf of the Dead Weight family, and so many other friends I only see once or twice a year, to screen the film on Friday night.

Indianapolis, I hope you are ready to feel the weight, because I am more than ready for you to.

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