Z.14.12 is Straitjacket Studios’ debut short film, produced and shot entirely on location just outside Atlanta, GA featuring all local based actors and crew. It also includes music by Atlanta’s own ON ‘TIL MORNING. The film is currently in the final stages of post-production and is planning to begin film festival submissions in early November.
The story features Zack (Michael Filisky), a horror fanatic, amateur prepper and his partner Jess (Chelsea Howard) as they face the realization of the ultimate apocalyptic event, only to find that things are nothing like anyone had predicted. They and their house guests must find their way out of this horrifying dilemma as all preparations prove useless.
Given the recent explosion of the zombie genre, humans are becoming far too acclimated to surviving a zombie apocalypse…enter Z.14.12. What if none of the existing rules applied? What if all attempts failed? What if WE WERE ALL WRONG? Z.14.12 takes us in a new direction using a unique and witty approach to the genre. It is specifically very story-based, (as opposed to just more blood and guts), where the storyline differentiates it from most other zombie films. What if nothing was as we expected…yet the REAL explanation was right…under…our…noses all along? Z.14.12 is an escalating thriller climaxing with a revolutionary twist, conceptually planting the seed for a new direction of the zombie genre. Z.14.12 is indeed the REAL “Z” day.
The film features all Atlanta-based actors, all who have been involved in various projects both in and outside of Atlanta, notably appearing in “Snapped: Killer Couples” on the Oxygen Network as well as featured “walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Z.14.12 also includes Atlanta zombie personality Stan Bowman (“Stan the Zombie”), as well as voiceovers by award-winning sports reporter Tommy Kane and news reporter turned actress Tara Jones.
Z.14.12 director A.J. Caruso began his career as a touring musician in the last 80’s opening for acts such as CHEAP TRICK, REO SPEEDWAGON and FOREIGNER, eventually progressing into film composing, where he has scored the award winning films “My friend, Oscar.” and “Bury Me.” A.J. has since turned to film making, writing, producing and directing his short film debut Z.14.12.