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Goliad zombie film 'Buck Wild' premieres in Dallas festival

By JR Ortega
March 27, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2013 at 10:28 p.m.

Zombies lurch menacingly through the fog during the filming of "Buck Wild"   in Goliad. Most of the zombies were extras who came from across Texas to be a part of the movie for the fun and for the experience.

ABOUT THE FLICK

"Buck Wild" is about four friends whose hunting trip goes gruesomely wrong after accidentally shooting a deer lease's owner. In order to save themselves, they cover their tracks, only to get into more trouble with law enforcement, and - eventually - a horde of zombies.

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For now, the film can only be seen at film festivals across the U.S., but the hopes of the producers is for the film to go big.

• WHEN: 11:59 p.m. April 6 and 10:15 p.m. April 7

• WHERE: Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas

• INFO: For ticket and additional information, click here.

• WHEN: 7 p.m. May 4

• WHERE: Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South, Fredericksburg.

• INFO: For ticket and additional information, click here.

The film also will be shown at the Bonebat Film Festival in Seattle; the Fantastic Planet/A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney, Australia and the Fright Night Film Festival in Kentucky.

Goliad County is ready for its close-up.

"Buck Wild," a comedic, zombie horror film shot in Goliad and Weesatche in January 2011, premieres at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 6.

So why Goliad County? Well, some of the crew has Crossroads area ties, such as Taylor Thompson, one of the film's producers.

For Thompson, a Memorial High School graduate, this is her first big feature film with Conation Films, the production company that shot "Buck Wild."

Seeing the hard work of the crew pay off by being accepted into a film festival is gratifying, she said.

"It is not bittersweet at all. It is all sweet," said Thompson about the film being done, but not yet premiered. "In making a film, there is a lot of pieces involved. This is the time to enjoy it."

Thompson said the support she received growing up in Victoria for her creative mind could not have been any better, even though Victoria does not foster the strongest art hub, compared to other cities such as Austin.

Aside from "Buck Wild," Thompson is working on projects in Los Angeles and hopes soon to help produce another feature-length film.

Tyler Glodt, director of the film, is not from Victoria, but has family in Cuero. Like Thompson, he said the community of Weesatche and the rest of the Crossroads area was supportive.

This was evident in the hundreds of extras who came out for a large zombie horde scene, and in the willingness to participate in the film from better-known residents, like, Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor.

This support is something unique to Texas, said Glodt, who grew up in the state.

"We had a great, competent Texas crew," he said.

Aside from the Dallas festival, the film was also accepted into the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg. The film will be in other festivals, but the production company is waiting for confirmation, Thompson said.

Though the film took more than two years to make, the crew is proud of its creation, said Thompson.

She advises anyone growing up in the Crossroads to not limit themselves, especially when it comes to the arts.

"You're going to get knocked down a lot," she said. "At the end of the day, the only person you need to make happy with your art is yourself."

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