Saturday, September 22, 2012

Premiere Announcement

The announcement of the official premiere date for Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies was made today! The text of the press release follows.

Art Aperitif Announces Premiere of Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies


Putnam, CT – Art Aperitif Productions is proud to announce the premiere of the new web series Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies, a horror-comedy starring Meredith Prunty, Brian Farmer, Jimmy Folco, Savannah Reinitzer, Elizabeth Percy, and Kallie Tabor. The series is written and directed by Jason Bachand.

Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies is a new entry in rapidly growing film sub-genre – the “zom-com,” or zombie comedy. The series' plot revolves around a high school cheer squad on a weekend getaway. They find themselves facing off against the hillbilly “Po'Dunk” clan who have turned themselves undead by way of a barrel of toxic chemicals. The cheerleaders must work together to survive a deadly game of cat and mouse deep in the woods of rural Connecticut.

Meredith Prunty, who just completed filming on Jason Reitman's Labor Day with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, stars as cheer squad captain Candie. Prunty is joined by an ensemble of rising stars on the New England film scene including Kallie Tabor, who appeared with Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars, Jimmy Folco who can be seen later this year in Marcus Nispel's Backmask, and Miss Teen New Hampshire runner-up Taylor Kudalis.

Director Jason Bachand says the series was inspired by campy but creepy films like Scream and Shaun of the Dead. “The zombies provide the scares, of course,” says Bachand. “And for the laughs, we poke fun at the dubious quality of some parts of American culture. We're lampooning two stereotypes in fact, the Jeff Foxworthy hillbilly and the persistent image of the cheerleader as vacuous and inartistic. I think ultimately we want to satirize both.” And why would redneck zombies have it in for a group of hapless cheerleaders? “It's an expression of class differences,” Bachand explains. “The cheerleaders - educated, carefree, and middle class - represent everything the rednecks dislike. These two groups are opposite poles on a continuum.” 
The cast unanimously praised the script and congenial atmosphere on the production. “I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing group of people,” said Taylor Kudalis. “I cannot wait for the series premiere.” Brian Farmer, who plays Po'dunk patriarch Dwight, was lured by the chance to play a redneck zombie. “This project gave me the chance to create a unique character and explore things within myself that I never knew were there.” It was a challenge, he admits, but well worth it. “This series is without a doubt something you should see. It's new, cutting edge, and will have you hanging on by the edge of your seat.” “When I get a script, I look for any cool ways I might kill or be killed. Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies scored on all aspects for me,” said zombie performer A.F. Grant. Added Ashley Tramonte, who plays cheerleader Alexa Bell: “You will be hooked in the first few seconds!”

Other members of the cast highlighted the merits of the series as a new and exciting entry into the genre. Actress Emmy March called it “exhilarating” and hoped the audience experiences the “the energy and excitement that everyone put into it.” Jimmy Folco, meanwhile, who plays one half of the stars (and bars)-crossed couple Jed and Roseasharn (Savannah Reinitzer), said “I am happy and excited to be part of a fun and thrilling experience with a web series that I have complete confidence will succeed beyond our entire cast and crew’s wildest expectation.” Folco is hot off the set of Marcus Nispel's (Friday The 13th) Backmask. That movie was filmed at the former Ladd Institute in Exeter Rhode Island, and Folco was pleased to be called back to the same location in late August to do press and publicity for Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies. “I want everyone to watch and enjoy this crazy zombie horror story with a funny southern fried twist that I guarantee will have you’ll screaming and laughing,” he said.

Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies will premiere on its own Youtube channel ( on Thursday, October 17 at 8:00PM. For more information on the series, see

Monday, September 17, 2012

Second Official Trailer and Fundraising

We're very happy that everyone's enjoying the official trailer. We're at the next step in post-production: we have our first edits of all three of our episodes, and we're now working on sound mixing and digital color grading.

In the meantime, let's keep up the marketing and fund-raising efforts! Our first goal is to reach the $1000 mark on Indieogogo.
In an ideal world, our enthusiasm and excitement for this show would be all we needed to make it. But the reality is, of course, that making a film project costs money. The amazing cast and crew devote their time and talents to our show and they deserve to earn a living for what they do. The funds we raise also help us to make the show better and to market it to the right people - especially sponsors who will bring in even more revenue. We all believe very strongly that given the initial resources, this show will be a commercial and critical success- already the buzz is good and doors are opening to future opportunities.

And remember, if you're someone who wants a good return on their investment (and who doesn't?) we offer executive producer packages, too. Becoming a producer not only earns you a spot on the crew of show and a film credit on a SAG production, but you'll earn a percentage of our project's profits.

In the meantime, please enjoy another trailer for the show - this one focusing more on the comedic aspects of the show.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Check out the official trailer on Youtube. Enjoy!

If you like the trailer, and want to see a FULL series next year, please visit Indigogo and make a pledge to support us! We've got everything from autographed photos of all the cast to bronze, silver, and gold producer packages. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Exclusive First Look: Production Stills!

We members of the production staff love the CvsRZ fans - so much that we're posting exclusive screen grabs from principal photography right here today. These still images will give you all an idea of how the series will look when it premieres in October. We're pretty happy with the "look" we've captured on location - gritty, vivid, and best of all creepy!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Behind-the-scenes At Production

Full cast and crew pulled off a marathon location shoot at Camp Nahaco in Eastford CT this last weekend, gathering 8 hours of footage for the first few episodes of the show. The crew arrived on site as early as 10:00AM, and many were there until well past dark wrapping the shoot. Director Jason Bachand had this to say on the day's shoot:

"Yesterday's shoot for CvsRZ was a phenomenal success. We're currently transferring our raw footage for editing and making backups - well over 300 individual takes totaling 100GB. I'd like to offer a very profound thank you to all of our cast and crew, who delivered excellent work and performances - Meredith Prunty's beautiful bows and flips, Savannah Reinitzer's tone-perfect Southern charm, Mark Burzenski and his mohawk, Brian Farmer and his "Cheerleader Brains!", Kallie Tabor and terrifying scream, Keri Shea for stunning makeup and hair, Caity and her SFX team, Scot Dyer for rigging our props and set dressing, Emmy March and Taylor Kudalis for a perfect take in the golden sunset, Suzanne Prunty - producer extraordinaire and B-roll brilliance, Jeff Buchbinder who not only crawled into a wood pile on his back, but directed our cameras and photography despite the invader ducks, Elizabeth Percy who came all the from New York City and stunned us all with professionalism and dedication, Jimmy Folco for his easy swinging with all with makeup and script changes, Joe Tabor on boom mics, bounce boards, and pizza delivery (our hero), all of our families on site for bringing great food and drink, A.F. Grant who did double duty as Daryl and Assistant Director, Kati Salowsky - you just nailed your lines Kati, the audience is going to love you - Ashley Tramonte for some incredible gag roll faces and for keeping me laughing all the time, Kristin for keeping things artful and running our clapperboard, and everyone else who worked a 12 hour day to get our first episodes in the can. Love and gratitude from the depths of my heart to all."

Lining up a shot of the cheerleaders arriving at the camp.

 Makeup artist Keri Anne Shea preps actress Meredith Prunty.

D.o.P. Jeff Buchbinder and A.F. Grant begin the process of setting up cameras in production HQ. We commandeered an old winter hut for production central!

Caity from C.Smith-SFX begins doing gore makeup and prosthetics on actor Brian Farmer.

Taylor Kudalis and Emmy March wait for their action cue.

Jeff gets ready for a ground level shot. 

Taylor, Emmy, and Kallie Tabor relax between takes.

Emmy and Savannah Reinitzer are still smiling after twelve hours on set!

Props and practical FX guru cleans up after handling a messy stunt.

 Jimmy Folco and Brian Farmer read over the script and rehearse.

 Ashley Tramonte gets ready to cheer.

 Producer Suzanne Prunty handles paperwork.

Props guy Scot Dyer getting his Sinatra on.

The cheerleaders get ready for the scenes inside the SUV.

 Taylor in makeup.

Jimmy, Brian, and Scot.

Elizabeth Percy looking great!

 The girls rehearse a take.

Taylor and Elizabeth joke around with director Jason Bachand.