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Rise of the Dead: The Undead Heart

Alyssa and Molly are two young lovers are separated by the zombie apocalypse. When Molly returns years later as a zombie, will the exes be able to rekindle the spark of romance?

  • Jacqueline Hillebrecht
  • Jacqueline Hillebrecht
  • Alyssa Lightner
    Key Cast
    "Alyssa Dawn"
  • Alessandra La Pera
    Key Cast
    "Molly Gemma"
  • Molly Kelley
    Key Cast
    "Molly Gemma"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, LGBT, Horror
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Boston University
  • Something Wicked Film Festival
    Lawrenceville, Georgia
    United States
    August 14, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Lost River Film Fest
    Lockhart, Texas
    United States
    September 10, 2021
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Nevada Short Film Fest
    Reno, Nevada
    United States
    September 25, 2021
    Nevada Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jacqueline Hillebrecht

I am a 20-year-old rising junior at Boston University studying Film and Television, who has been making films for over ten years for YouTube.

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Director Statement

In 2013, my 12-year-old self was inspired to venture into the world of live action filmmaking for the first time. The result of this inspiration was a zombie film called "Rise of the Dead." As one might imagine, it wasn't very good. But my friends and I had the time of our lives making it and were determined to tell an ambitious story that spanned across multiple sequels. A number of creative shakeups and teenage drama delayed this incredibly ambitious venture after Rise of the Dead 2 launched in late 2013, but a third installment was released in 2019. With two years of studying to be a filmmaker at Boston University under my belt, I decided to tell one final Rise of the Dead story that would be both a compelling standalone story that also honors and concludes a story eight years in the making.