Thaw of the Dead is a short film project inspired by an earlier collaboration between The Treefort Collective and the non-profit Traverse City 5K Zombie Run. The Treefort Collective is a creative group of film, video and animation professionals who have successfully produced or collaborated on both documentary and narrative feature films, numerous short film/video projects, countless commercial videos, and two large crowd-source video projects (see team bios below). With a mutual love of all things zombie, this is a passion project for the two groups and an opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of a vibrant community of creative professionals. 

We are fully committed to creating a unique vision within the Zombie genre by creatively embracing the deep woods and bitter cold waters of late winter in Northern Michigan. That being said, films sadly don’t grow on trees (especially films with special effects!), and your support will not only ensure a cinema quality production. We’ve worked our tails off to gather an amazing team, and with your help - we can provide them the resources they need to meet the very high expectations we have for this film.

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The Story

This is a story of survival that questions the price of a group's humanity, where the hauntingly beautiful landscape is as dangerous as the roaming corpses. Within this apocalyptic world, a waning group of survivors have found refuge in an abandoned dam. Desperate times called for desperate measures, and the only way to survive the harsh winter was to make painful choices and live by the skin of their teeth. Now, starved and torn, the group looks to the coming spring with added opportunity to search nearby towns for supplies ... but at the same time, the resurgence of the living dead, released from winter's icy grip.

Into this nightmare, one man sets out on the bitter river, past lurking shadows, through wasted towns, to a small coastal community - their last, best hope. The life of a friend and the group’s humanity hang in the balance as he races across an apocalyptic landscape, past gnashing teeth in a desperate attempt to survive the...THAW OF THE DEAD.