The Make a Film Foundation, launched in 2007, is specifically designed to grant the film-based wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and the project even goes so far as to help kids make their very own movies. As part of their short-narrative program, the foundation just wrapped production on their fourth film: a zombie short starring Johnny Depp!
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Depp and a handful of other big name talents came on board to help 16-year-old cancer patient Anthony Conti bring to life his zombie film The Black Ghiandola. Depp was joined by folks like Sam Raimi, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, Laure Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, and J.K. Simmons. The film was shot over the course of five days last month, with Raimi, Hardwicke, and Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) taking turns in the director’s chair.
Conti wrote the script with Scott Kosar, who penned the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. Additional writing was contributed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).
In Black Ghiandola:
A young man risks his life saving a young girl he has grown to love after his family has been killed during a zombie apocalypse.
Anthony Conti, who is battling stage IV adrenal cortical cancer, stars in the short film.