The Dead Don't Die,
the zombie comedy from indie darling Jim Jarmusch, is opening the 2019 Overlook
Film Festival in New Orleans. Jarmusch's film stars Adam Driver and Bill Murray
in the story of a small town besieged by zombies. The trailer promises plenty
of Jarmusch's trademark deadpan humor. The May 30th screening at the festival
will be the movie's U.S. premiere.
The closing night film on June 2nd is The Lodge, starring Riley Keough (Logan Lucky, Mad Max: Fury Road). It tells the story of a stepmom-to-be, snowed in a cabin with her two future stepchildren as strange things happen.
Another notable screening will be Ma, from director Tate Taylor (Get on Up, The Help). Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer stars as a lonely woman in a quiet town who develops an unhealthy obsession with local teenagers.
Legendary director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling) will be helming one of the short films that make up the anthology Nightmare Cinema. Mickey Rourke, as a creepy projectionist, anchors all of the segments.
Director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Grindhouse: Planet Terror) will be at the festival for a screening of his 1998 film The Faculty. Aspiring filmmakers will also be able to sign up for a masterclass with Rodriguez, through which he will share his decades of experience with making films on a shoestring budget.
The festival also includes an immersive gaming experience. This city-wide alternate reality event, integrating live actors, unique locations, hidden clues, puzzles, and a surprising story, is sure to thrill participants and keep them on their toes.
All films will screen at either Regal Cinebarre's Canal Place 9 Theatres or Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre. For more information, visit OverlookFilmFest.com.