Z.14.12

Z.14.12 is Straitjacket Studios debut short film, written, produced and directed by A.J. Caruso. AJ's ongoing involvement in film music had peaked his interest in the overall film-making process. He made the decision to move forward, creating his first short film from blank page to screen. This project was an incredible learning experience that proved invaluable in his increased capacity to work with other film makers having developed a thorough understanding of the entire film-making process. 

The film has since won 15 Official Selections, 11 Best of Festival Nominations, 5 Awards and is now available at Amazon Video.

Film Synopsis

Amateur prepper Zack and his partner Jess face the ultimate apocalyptic event to find that things are nothing like anyone predicted. He and his house guests must find their way out of this horrifying dilemma as all preparations prove useless.  


Given the recent explosion of zombie films, humans have become far too acclimated in 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's under-lying concept differentiates it from most other films of the zombie genre. What if nothing was as we expected, yet the real explanation was right...under...our...noses all along? 


Z.14.12 is a fun, escalating thrilling short film, climaxing with a revolutionary ending twist, provoking the thought of a new direction for the genre.  


Accolades

AWARDS

BEST ZOMBIE SHORT - Atlanta Horror Film Festival / DIRECTORS CHOICE - Horror in the Hills Film Festival / SOUND MIXING - Atlanta Independent Film Festival  / SOUTHERN HOMEGROWN FILMMAKER - Hollywood South Film Festival / INDIE SPIRIT AWARD - Hollywood South Film Festival  


NOMINATIONS 

BEST SHORT FILM - Dead Walk Fest / BEST SHORT FILM - Horror in the Hills Film Festival / BEST ZOMBIE SHORT - Atlanta Horror Film Festival 

DIRECTORS CHOICE - Horror in the Hills Film Festival / ORIGINAL MUSIC - Atlanta Independent Film Festival / BEST MUSIC - Horror in the Hills Film Festival 

SOUND MIXING - Atlanta Independent Film Festival / CINEMATOGRAPHY - Atlanta Independent Film Festival / EDITING - Atlanta Independent Film Festival / SOUTHERN HOMEGROWN FILMMAKER - Hollywood South Film Festival / INDIE SPIRIT AWARD - Hollywood South Film Festival  


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 

THE DEAD WALK FEST - Chicago, IL / HORROR IN THE HILLS FILM FESTIVAL - Gatlinburg, TN / HALLOWEEN HORROR PICTURE SHOW - Tampa, FL 

LOS ANGELES HORROR COMPETITION - Los Angeles, CA / ATLANTA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL - Atlanta, GA / NORTHERN FRIGHTS FESTIVAL - Ontario, CAN 

ATLANTA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL - Atlanta, GA / WALKER STALKER CONVENTION - Atlanta, GA / RADCON SCIFI/FANTASY CONVENTION - Pasco, WA 

DAYS OF THE DEAD HORROR CONVENTION - Atlanta, GA / GET CONNECTED - Atlanta, GA / LIBERTY MASSACRE FILM FESTIVAL - Philadelphia, PA 

DAYS OF THE DEAD HORROR CONVENTION - Louisville, KY / PENSACON COMIC CON - Pensacola, FL / HOLLYWOOD SOUTH FILM FESTIVAL - Atlanta, GA

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