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Virtual Screenwriting Masterclass

Take your screenwriting to the next level and learn alongside professionals who know what makes a great, make-able screenplay. In this masterclass, attendees learn tools that pros use to create stronger concepts and scenes. Students should bring an idea or concept for a feature or pilot screenplay and the first few pages of that script, either as a hard copy or on laptop. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Instructors: Joy Goodwin & Ron Thompson

Emmy-award winner Joy Goodwin serves as chair of the MFA Screenwriting program at the UNC School of the Arts. She has screenplays in development with directors Debra Granik (“Winter’s Bone”) and Nicholas Ma (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor”) and has been named a 2020 Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow, a 2020 Tribeca Sloan Grant winner, a 2020 Athena List winner, and a 2019 Austin Film Festival Feature Comedy finalist. Goodwin has developed and co-produced films that have won Golden Globe, Sundance and Spirit Awards, and have been distributed by Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight, HBO Films, ABC and Focus, among others. She’s written, produced and directed documentary television for ABC, ESPN, NBC, A&E, and The History Channel. She’s a former theater critic and reporter for The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Ron Stacker Thompson has had an impressive career as producer on films such as “A Rage In Harlem, “Deep Cover,” “The Cemetery Club,” “Sister Act 2” and “Hoodlum.” In television, he wrote and produced “America’s Dream,” an HBO Special nominated for nine Cable Ace Awards, winning two for Best Writing and Best Producing of a Dramatic Series or Special. The film starring Danny Glover and Wesley Snipes, and based on short stories by Maya Angelou, Richard Wright and John Henrik Clarke, was also honored with an N.A.A.C.P Image Award for Best Television Movie or Mini-Series. Thompson has also written “Nat King Cole: Loved in Return” for A&E Network’s “Biography,” as well as “Funny Valentines,” starring Alfre Woodard and Loretta Devine for BET/Universal.

Thompson also has a distinguished background in theatre. As founder of the Oakland Ensemble Theatre, he produced/directed over 50 plays. He’s directed national tours for productions starring Della Reese, Ted Lange and Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thompson’s also written/directed productions at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina and the famed Apollo theatre in Harlem, among others. His most recent works include REJOICE! A Holiday Musical Celebration and Douglass/Dunbar, a historical musical based on the lives of Frederick Douglass and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Thompson is currently artistic director of the Willingham Theater in Yadkinville, N.C., and chairs the Screenwriting Department in the School of Filmmaking at the UNC School of the Arts.

Zombiepalooza Call For Films 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Cary Theater Seeks Locally Produced Short Films October 14 deadline for film submissions. All submissions must include use of a toilet paper roll in the finished film. Zombiepalooza 2020 will take place Friday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. CARY, N.C.  – Organize before they rise! The Cary Theater today announced […]

October 25

The Town of Cary’s zombie-themed downtown block party will take place October 25 at The Cary Theater. The fourth annual Zombiepalooza features 12 locally produced short films shown on a giant outdoor screen in front of the theater. Attendees are encouraged to dress as a favorite zombie or horror film character, with prizes for best […]

Zombiepalooza 2019 Call For Films

The Cary Theater today announced a call-for-entries for locally produced 1-to-5 minute short films to compete at Zombiepalooza on Oct. 25, 2019. The 4th annual Zombiepalooza is the Town of Cary’s zombie-themed downtown outdoor block party featuring locally produced short films. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate. Films are due by October 4.

Zombiepalooza 2018

Zombies will once again rise downtown at The Cary Theater. We’re excited to bring you the 3rd annual Zombiepalooza featuring local filmmakers’ zombie short films. This event is FREE! Based on the forecast for rain on Friday, this event will take place INDOORS in the theater.


Bring the kids for a family-friendly FREE night of zombie cinema and cosplay. Don’t let the weather spoil your fun. Dress as your favorite horror character, or channel your inner zombie rebel and be a part of our costume contest!  Our neighboring bars and restaurants will be open, and there will be Twinkies for everyone to help create a Zombieland indoors.


Local filmmakers and hobbyists have been invited to get creative and tell their own Zombie stories in one to five minutes. Filmmakers range in age from teens to older adults, using all types of cameras, including smartphones. The common theme… ZOMBIES. Imaginations run wild! As always, there’s one required element every filmmaker must use. This year it’s the traffic cone. So keep your eyes peeled for at least one visible in every film.

This year’s films and teams include:

“People Are Dead Wrong About Zombies” Olivia Bagley & DarK Bolt
“Quality Time with the Z Family” Dina & Charlie Huffman & Moonshadow Films
“Blood and Brains” Eric Ayscue
“Children of the Gate” Cameron Bertolini & Frontgate Films
“Chop & Shop” Vincent Dormani & Buried Hatchet Productions
When Evil Comes” Julia Gallert
“Missed Call” Michael Pearce & Screaming Eagles
“Gang of Cones” William Whitehurst
“Day of the Living Phil” Joey Wendt, Max Williams, Kevin Steele & That’s Show Business
“The Zombies”  Geneva Childs & Cat Zombies


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Zombiepalooza Is Sponsored By Our Downtown Cary Neighbors & Friends:

1st Place Prize: $150.00 – Sponsored by Mosquito Wizard

2nd Place Prize: $75.00 – Sponsored by Crosstown Pub & Grill

People’s Choice Prize: $100 – Sponsored by Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage

Zombieland Twinkie Break: Sponsored by Raleigh-Cary Realty


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Afterwards, we screen the definitive zombie culture documentary, “Doc of the Dead,” brought to the screen by our friend and filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, which examines the zombie phenomenon in today’s popular culture.


Rules for those submitting films to Zombiepalooza 2018