Private Project

The Illinois Zombie Project

Jeff Newman is on a mission to crowdfund his magnum opus; a low-budget zombie film set in his home state of Illinois.

  • Kurt Naebig
    Directing: Humane Resources, VC: The Web Series | Acting: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., The Chicago Code, Detroit 1-8-7, ER, Prison Break, Public Enemies, Road to Perdition, The Express, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Dillinger
  • Luke Renn
    VC: The Web Series, Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Luke Renn
    Key Cast
    "Jeff Newman"
    Chicago P.D., Dolls, Jermaine, Last Scene, The Speaker, No One Knows I'm Gone
  • Joe Yau
    Key Cast
    "Stanford Lee"
    The Chi, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Electric Dreams, Betrayal, Early Edition, Barbershop 2
  • Jordan Kantola
    Key Cast
    Mindhunter, Chicago Fire
  • Erik Bjella
    Director of Photography
    DC Cupcakes, Last Scene, VC: The Web Series, Short Time
  • Eric Campbell
    Camera Operator
    Dark Side of the Ring, VC: The Web Series, Last Scene, Perhaps
  • David Baker
    Small World, Tightheads, Big Mama Red, Holding Patterns, We Hate Bob, VC: The Web Series, The Forcas Initiation, Lakay, White Flag, Last Refuge of a Scoundrel
  • Maya Hernandez
    The Unlimited Lives of Gwen Salden
  • Frank Kam
    Set Desiger
    Decker, Steal Your Face, Hobo with a Trash Can, Women & Menu
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Kurt Naebig

Kurt has worked in the film/TV/theatre community most of his life. He has directed countless plays and worked as an acting teacher and coach. He has worked with, and assisted casting directors Jane Brody, Mali Finn, and Lynn Stalmaster. Kurt is also an actor and graduate of The Juilliard School who trained in Russia at The Moscow School of the Arts. On camera, Kurt has appeared in such films as “Public Enemies”, “Road to Perdition”, “The Express”, “Witless Protection”, “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”, “Dillinger”, “Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder”, and TV episodes of "Empire", “Chicago Fire”, “Chicago PD”, "Sense8", "APB", “The Chicago Code”, “Detroit 1-8-7”, “ER” and “Prison Break”.

On stage, Kurt has performed at Steppenwolf Theatre, National Jewish Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare and A Red Orchid Theatre. Kurt is a current member of Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, a former Artistic Director of The Theatre of Western Springs and former co-owner and director of The Acting Studio Chicago. Recently, Kurt directed "VC: The Web Series" ( and co-directed the web series "Humane Resources".

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