Huge Celebrities Star in Teenage Cancer Patient’s Zombie Film
Anthony Conti is a 16-year-old boy who suffers from Stage 4 adrenal cortical cancer, and he has an ambitious dream. He dreams of directing a major Hollywood film.
Thanks to the Make a Film Foundation, they were able to help Conti’s dreams come true. The Make a Film Foundation is a nonprofit organization launched in 2007 by producer Tamika Lamison. They help children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions realize their dreams of creating a movie in any way they can. Conti’s project will be the fourth film to come out of Make a Film Foundation’s short-narrative program.
Amazingly, huge stars came together to make Conti’s dreams come to life. Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, J.K Simmonds, Richard Chamberlain, David Lynch, and Penelope Ann Miller all lent a hand in making The Black Ghiahondola. The short is directed by several high profile names like Sam Rami (Spiderman), Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures), and Katherine Hardwicke (Twilight). Conti wrote the script alongside Scott Kosar (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice). However, the star of the show was Conti himself. He plays a heroic young man risking his life to fight through zombies in order save the girl he loves after his family had been decimated by zombies in a post-apocalyptic world.
Conti’s film was screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with everyone who was a part of the film in tow. The film has been entered into short film festivals as well.
See the trailer for Conti’s heart-pounding zombie thriller here: