Last fall, the locally produced zombie feature Meltdown made its Pittsburgh premiere at Southside Works Cinema. On August 2nd, the film’s cast and crew will host a party at Spirit Lodge celebrating the film’s distribution sale and national release.
Influenced by Shaun of the Dead and Mad Max, the zombie comedy follows Zeke (Robert McMurray), Callie (Alicia Marie Marcucci), Les (Seth Gontkovic) and Hunter (Mulliken) on the eve of Hunter’s 29th birthday as they share in a few drinks on a seemingly dull day in their hometown of Somerset. The day takes a turn for the worse as everyone they have ever known are suddenly transformed into aggressively murderous flesh eating freaks. The four comrades are forced to hack and slash their way through the reanimated corpses of their closest friends and loved ones, only to find themselves on the precipice of a post apocalyptic wasteland littered with monsters and the looming threat of their fellow survivors.
Meltdown was picked up by Gravitas Ventures, a leading distribution company that specializes in bringing independent features to VOD and DVD. The film will hit VOD platforms this fall, and become available for purchase nationwide on DVD at the beginning of 2016.
Jake Mulliken, a professional actor and former educator who directed, produced, and stars in the film, branched into filmmaking after moving to Pittsburgh from California. He organized the event as a way to both showcase Meltdown and pay tribute to his adopted city.
“The purpose of this event is to not only highlight the success of my film, but more importantly to highlight the fantastic talent and members of the Pittsburgh independent film community, as well as the strong independent and entrepreneurial spirit inherent in Pittsburgh,” says Mulliken.
The evening will include a screening, as well as food, drink, and merchandise provided by local vendors. Guests can enjoy beverages from Allura Wine Group, fine meats from Butcher on Butler, and Japanese cuisine from Umami PGH, as well as peruse artwork from Cheryl and Billy Holford of Night Gallery and zombie goods from House of the Dead. There will also be a set from DJ Desus and live music from the band Barbara Perfect, who appeared in the film.
The Meltdown release celebration will begin at 7 p.m. with the film screening at 10 p.m. An afterparty will follow. Admission is $5 and includes the film screening, entrance to the afterparty, and a drink voucher.