Aurora Picture Show Video Salon

Teenage filmmaker Emily Hagins shares her zombie-movie experience

When Emily Hagins set out to create zombie flick Pathogen, she was still years away from being able to buy a ticket to an R-rated movie. The 12-year-old Austinite was neither a rich kid nor a child prodigy — she was simply driven to produce a film about dead people eating live people. Thanks to a supportive mom and an Austin Film Society grant, the writer/director/editor was able to complete her movie in all its stilted, gory glory. (She’s the first teenage girl to direct a feature-length film, according to UT film professor Mary Celeste Kearney.) At today’s Aurora Picture Show Video Salon, the now 16-year-old will discuss her experience and show clips from Pathogen. You can also see all the sweat, tears and fake blood that went into the production when Aurora screens Zombie Girl, a documentary about the making of Hagins’s film. The Salon is today at 1 p.m. Aurora Video Library, 1524 Sul Ross. Free. Zombie Girl screens at 7 p.m. Saturday. DiversWorks, 1117 East Freeway. $7. For information, call 713-868-2101 or visit
Sun., Oct. 25, 1 p.m., 2009
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