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Flesh and Blood

When a sweeping pandemic threatens to turn her father into a violent monster, 18 year-old Max must lead both him and her younger sister through a rugged wilderness in search of a cure.

  • Merlin Camozzi
    Director
  • Merlin Camozzi
    Writer
  • Merlin Camozzi
    Producer
  • David Oh
    Producer
  • Tim Lewis
    Producer
  • Ben Haigh
    Producer
  • Clint Jordan
    Key Cast
    Virgil Bliss (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor), Down to the Bone (Sundance Best Director Winner), Paper Covers Rock (SXSW Premier), Milk and Honey (Sundance Premier)
  • Hannah Telle
    Key Cast
    Life is Strange
  • Charlotte Alexis White
    Key Cast
    Longmire, Grey's Anatomy
  • Julia Swain
    Cinematographer
    http://www.juliaswain.net/bio/
  • David D. Darling
    Stunt Coordinator
    Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Rush Hour, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Wild Wild West, Rambo III
  • Julian Scherle
    Composer
    Mr. Robot, American Horror Story
  • Richard H. Perry
    Production Designer
    Friday Night Lights, Prison Break, Friday the 13th
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror, Drama, Action, indy
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    2K Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Merlin Camozzi

Merlin Camozzi is an MFA film director in his final year of study at UCLA, where he is currently finishing his thesis film. He recently wrote and directed the winning spot in the Sprite Films contest, WHAT WE NEED, which ran in over 3,000 theaters and on nine television networks and garnered 3 million views on youtube. He was also named to Variety’s prestigious 2015 list of Student Directors to Watch. Merlin’s films have shown at festivals around the world and he has received awards and fellowships including the 2015 Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship, the 2014 Cirque du Soleil Emerging Artist Fellowship, the 2014 Arzner Memorial Award for Film Directing, and the 2013 Motion Picture Association of America Directing Award.

Prior to filmmaking, Merlin graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and worked for a number of years as a lawyer, including at the top international firm of Latham & Watkins, in business affairs at MTV Networks, and as an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University.

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Director Statement

FLESH AND BLOOD is a genre short film that revolves around two key threats: the external threat of the virus (and the post-apocalyptic world that it has created) and the internal threat of a family tearing itself apart. We wanted to tell this story because we’re excited by character-driven genre films that are grounded in reality. Films like No Country For Old Men, Prisoners, and 28 Days Later were all huge inspirations for the project due to way in which they were able to bring realistic characters and emotions into exciting, heightened storytelling environments. Similarly, though FLESH AND BLOOD is set in a world of “rage virus” infection, the film is grounded in the story of two sisters struggling to deal with an out-of-control parent, which lends the story a reality not always found in films that play in this world.