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Video Sneak-Peek of Death Walks the Streets: Issue #0 [Apr. 27th, 2008|11:11 am]
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A video sneak-preview of DWTS Issue #0!

Haven't ordered yours yet? Click here to reserve a copy today and get it in June!

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DEATH WALKS THE STREETS Podcast and the 2007 Broadband Emmy Awards... [Apr. 25th, 2007|03:22 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

The 2007 Broadband Emmy's, brought to you by MySpace has just announced the first batch of winning videos for the categories of "Entertainment" and "News and Documentary".

We're honored that the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS Video Podcast has been chosen as a winner in the category of "News & Documentary: Arts, Lifestyle, and Culture Programming."

The video is now moving on to formal Emmy consideration judging by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NTA) and DWTS Creator James Zahn will be receiving a one year associate membership to the Academy.

To view the winning video, visit http://www.myspace.com/myemmy and click the link for "News and Documentary." On the right-hand side you will see "Death Walks the Streets." Click it, and the video will load in the player.

We will provide updates on our Emmy Journey as the year progresses.

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DEATH WALKS THE STREETS in BUFFY & ANGEL MAGAZINE #30! [Mar. 17th, 2007|11:56 pm]
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[Current Location |Somewhere in Illinois...]
[music |KANE]

Time to hunt for a brand-new issue!
If you find one, be sure to let us know which store had it in-stock.

If you're a DWTS fan, a fan of Christian's, or of his band KANE, you'll definitely want to pick this one up!
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Demand DWTS in your city... [Jan. 11th, 2007|12:24 pm]
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[mood |busy]

Not many people writing here, but I thought, this is worth an entry in case some of you guys don't keep an eye on the mySpace Blog...

Just reposting this form the DWTS Blog on MySpace

We have a new mission for all of you "Death Walkers" out there...should you choose to accept it, of course.

In planning special events for the coming year, we've decided to invite all of you to "DEMAND DEATH WALKS THE STREETS!" in your city. Below this message you will see a Flash Box. Click the buttons to either join or start a demand in your city. To "join" a "demand", simply add yourself to a pre-existing demand. If you don't see your city listed, you can easily "start a demand" by following the simple instructions on the page. Please select the nearest major city to where you live.

We will be using this data to plan appearances at certain film festivals, conventions, and to assist in setting up special event screenings!

If you're so inclined, you can also add the graphic below to your own MySpace page, and insert it in bulletins, emails, and blogs as well. Help Spread the word and DEMAND that "Death Walks the Streets" of your town!

Demand it here!!

I'm on the list already ;)
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Be Scared [Oct. 20th, 2006|08:52 pm]
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For more pics, check out our myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/deathwalksthestreets
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DWTS Update from James Zahn [Sep. 26th, 2006|02:07 pm]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

From the Official DWTS MySpace

Bringing back the element of surprise...

There was a time not too long ago when the makers of films didn't show or share near as much pre-release information as we of the internet age have grown used to. As much as some of us love to get our "Spoiler" fix here and there, in some ways we've truely become spoiled. As a filmmaker this is both a blessing and a curse.

Audiences have grown used to seeing juicy photos from upcoming films on websites, news programs, and of course the old stand-by, paper magazines. Sometimes we get so bombarded with info, trailers, teasers, and photos, that by the time a film actually comes out, we feel like we've already seen all the good stuff. People complain all the time that movie trailers "give away the whole movie" or that "the best stuff was in the trailer." If that's the case, then why is it that studios and filmmakers continue to make the same mistakes? People actually thought that "Snakes on a Plane" was going to open in the $30-$40M range. It barely made it to #1 opening weekend with a total somewhere in the $13M range. I think it's because people knew exactly what they were going to get. If the title didn't say it blatantly enough, the trailers and photos in every media outlet certainly did.

Quite simply, filmmakers often "blow their load" way to early.

Many in the horror genre are especially guilty of this, with an increasing number of offenses taking place on the indie side of things. You can go online today and visit just about any horror-specific website you choose and see tons of bloody pics from movies that won't be out for months. Sometimes it even seems like a race to see who can out-gore the next guy. I'm all for some shock here and there, but why not save it for the movie? Let the audience experience the element of surprise, shock, awe, or whatever emotion you'd like to convey with your story. Don't give it all away so that the audience sits there thinking "Oh, I bet that shot I saw online is coming up."

In making "Death Walks..." I've kept all of this in mind. Most of you are aware that this is not only my first feature film as a writer-director, but also that I've been extremely fortunate enough to be surrounded by an experienced cast and crew that are just as excited about the project as I am. We're all in agreement that we shouldn't give too much away.

If you've watched the Podcasts, you heard me talk about some of the films that influenced me as a child.

Remember the first trailer for Gremlins? You never actually got to see a Gremlin. Not until the film came out anyway. Even the theatrical posters showed a small box with a pair of furry hands sticking out. Only when moviegoers entered the theatre for the first time did they get their first glimpse at "Gizmo." (when they did the re-release, of course the creatures were all over the ads). When the first Star Wars was approaching, the ads were simple...black posters with white text, radio commercials with simple sound effects, and people were in awe. Curiosity and wonder brought audiences to the theatres, and word-of-mouth increased their numbers. Call me nostalgic, but those were times when movies actually meant something. I don't think I'm alone in that belief.

In recent days a few less-than-savory individuals have chosen to attack us for "not showing enough", even going as far as to question whether or not we had anything to show. The fact is, we have much to show you, but only when the time is right. I've got a hard drive full of images of concept artwork, make-up tests, creature designs, set designs, costume designs, and a pile of blueprints sitting on the desk next to me. It's all a mouse-click away. I could share it with all of you right now...but I won't. I want you to be surprised...to have something to look forward to next year.

We will continue to share little bits and pieces here and there. There will be plenty of photos, podcasts, and behind-the-scenes to go around. But we will be careful of how much of what gets shown.

We'll show you the process, without spoiling the fruit.

You might've seen the pics we posted the other day. If not, here they are again...pieces of something larger...

DWTS 2006

DWTS 2006

We'll give you a peek, but to see the whole picture, it'll have to be in
"a theatre near you."

2007's not that far away...

Thanks for reading and following our journey,
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DEATH WALKS THE STREETS Nominated for SPIKE TV Scream Awards 2006 - "Most Anticipated Film" [Aug. 5th, 2006|12:23 am]
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A couple days ago, we were shocked to find out that Death Walks the Streets had been nominated for "Most Anticipated Film" in the upcoming SpikeTV Scream Awards 2006. The category, sponsored by Hot Topic Stores is open to voting by fans.

If you click the image above, you'll be taken to the poll page on the Hot Topic site. You don't have to register or sign up for anything, and as far as we can tell, you can vote as often as you like.

Vote Here: http://www.hottopic.com/community/beheard/pollview.asp?LS=1&POLL_ID=208

Voting runs for the next two months, so please vote as often as possible, and tell your friends to do the same.

There's only a few Independent Films that made it onto the ballot, in a field dominated by big studio fare. We'd like to give them the best run possible.

Thanks for your continued support!

The DWTS Crew
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Take a second and vote for Saturday Action Theater! [Jul. 15th, 2006|02:01 pm]
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[mood |crazycrazy]
[music |Seven Days by Kane]

From the DWTS MySpace:

Please take a moment to read the bulletin below. Saturday Action Theatre features "Death Walks the Streets" Director James Zahn on guitar and vocals. Your help would be appreciated!

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------

There's a massive music fest in Twin Lakes Wisconsin July 28th and 29th. It's The 1st Annual Hedgpeth Festival, and features acts such as PRIMUS, THE FLAMING LIPS, HOT HOT HEAT, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, RUSTED ROOT, PHANTOM PLANET, & MANY, MANY MORE...

SATURDAY ACTION THEATRE is in the running to fill the last open spot on the bill, and we desperately need your vote! Click the link below to be taken to our Hedgpeth artist profile.


Click the "Vote Now" button. They will ask for an email addy (not to spam you, but to confirm its a real vote), and send you an email with a link to click to confirm you voted for us. Click the link and the vote is recorded.

If you have a minute to do this for us, we would sincerely appreciate it.

Thank you in advance!


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About The Film [Jun. 8th, 2006|01:51 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

I've been trying to think of something to write about the film that we've been waiting for but I think that it was best written up by Indiwire. When I come back from Nashville I will post more information about the Indie fest and other going's on about the movie.

"Death Walks The Streets"

This gangster-horror hybrid by first timer James Zahn is the beginning of a potential trilogy that has sparked a following around the world, even though not one frame has been shot yet.

Set in a monster infested world filled with zombies, werewolves and vampires, we follow Michael (Christian Kane), who after getting out of prison is ready to live a crime-free life. Because of his deep ties with "The Organization," the only way out is to complete one last task. But when Michael comes in possession of an artifact that humans and monsters will do anything to have, his hopes to go on the straight and narrow get more complicated.

After finishing the first draft of the script with co-writer Ben Brezinski in 2004, Zahn's little horror movie became more ambitious after it was mentioned in horror geek bible, Fangoria. The buzz caught the attention of producer Daniel J. Heffner ("Saw" franchise), who came onboard as a co-producer, followed by meetings with Lionsgate and New Line. "A lot of companies have come at us but we opted not to sign with one," Zahn says. Instead they sealed distribution with Echelon Entertainment and are slated for an April '07 release.

The rabid interest has also brought talks of ancillary opportunities like a comic book series that would fill in the gaps between the trilogy and a video game. What's made Zahn most excited though is the fan base that's been created (he says they've sold merchandise to 17 countries). But he knows his "little empire" rests heavily on this film. "I have to make a damn good movie on many different levels because this is the movie that can make or break me." If all goes according to plan parts two and three will be shot back-to-back in the spring of 2007.

Budgeted at over $10 million, the seven week shoot begins in Chicago at the end of July. Zahn is currently casting and looking for a d.p. and editor. FX will be done by Precinct 13 Entertainment ("The Devil's Rejects," "Hostel") and John Roome from The Orb has signed on to do the original score. Matt Pletcher is producing.

[For more information, please visit the film's website.]
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