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Zombie Walk and festival to keep film industry undead

Reported by Stephanie Froese
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The undead will rule Saskatoon’s downtown and Broadway areas Saturday evening, as a zombie walk, in conjunction with the Dark Bridges Film Festival, gets underway around 6 p.m.

“It’s just a chance to be creative, A lot of people love zombie movies. They have a big audience. It your chance to make your own little one,” said John Allison, festival director and founder of Dark Bridges Film Festival.

He said the walk is essentially the same thing as going to a costume party but there are a few rules of respect all participants are expected to follow. On the events website, the first rule listed is “No Attacking Bystanders”.

Zombies will gather at 5 p.m. Saturday at Kiwanis Memorial Park and travel to the Broadway Theatre. The walk itself takes place from 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

While the walk and film festival suggests an air of creepiness, Allison said the festival has something for everyone.

“We try to cover a wide range. We aren’t a horror festival. We are a good movie festival and we try to bring in really interesting stuff from around the world. There will be stuff you might not like, but if you stick around you’re probably going to find something that you love,” said Allison.

The film festival this year has more of a focus on independent and foreign films so Allison said attendance for each movie is lower this year but overall numbers are about the same. He pegs the number of people involved at some point in the festival at over 1000.

Allison said after the festival is over he’s looking forward to learning more about the provincial government’s proposed replacement of the killed Film Employment Tax Credit.

“It’s an industry that needs to be here. If we don’t have it here we look second class. Saskatoon and Saskatchewan wants to be a player in overall economics and everything like that. Why suddenly cut back on an industry,” said Allison.

The government is offering a twenty five per cent non refundable tax credit on all production expenses, including labour costs.