(Updated on February 24, 2011 from a February 8, 2011 post)
GHOST TREK TV PILOT SHOT IN CHARLOTTE, NC – NOW IN POST-PRODUCTION
Reality show stars, wrestlers, rockers, zombies, and unknowns bring the dead to life with a little help from NASCAR in a new paranormal comedy series.
From the author of the critically-acclaimed book KILL THE MUSIC comes GHOST TREK, a comic horror series pilot based on a paranormal reality show. GHOST TREK follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (PUDS) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits – all the while risking life and limb confronting the undead. The GHOST TREK pilot entitled “The Kinsey Report” is currently in post-production with five more episodes in development. GHOST TREK, LLC is currently seeking distribution.
Notable appearances in the GHOST TREK television pilot are Gia Allemand (ABC’s The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad) recently cast as “Ava Gardner” in Gianni Russo’s $70 million biopic produced by Paramount, the notorious Jonny ‘Fairplay’ and his compatriot Mikey ‘B’ (CBS’s Survivor series), Christy Johnson (2010 Los Angeles Music Award winner for “Best Female Performer”) , and ten-year-old Addy Miller (AMC’s current mega-hit The Walking Dead).
The GHOST TREK pilot wrapped shooting on December 13, 2010 in Charlotte, NC and its environs, and was shot at a number of locations across the region, including the BUTTER nightclub, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, and a South Charlotte residential location near where Showtime’s new thriller series Homeland, starring Claire Danes, is currently in production.
GHOST TREK is lead by Dr. Zeke Wallace (Michael Melendez) (below), a good-looking ex-chiropractor turned paranormal investigator, who is living in New York with his girlfriend, Shawna Leibowitz, also the show’s producer.
Scary Carrie Carmichael, the “Living-Dead Roller-Girl” (below) is the GHOST TREK case manager (by the way, Carrie has a merchandising deal from http://www.vampirewear.com) but gets little face time on the show due to her freakish outward appearance.
The other PUDS investigators are:
Barry ‘The Bomb’ Burkowski and Joey ‘Mayhem’ Moscone (affectionately called The Goon Squad), two ex-wrestlers from New Jersey who hung up their tights for a paying gig (Glenn Gilbertti and Scott Colton) (below),
Weasel, the kleptomaniac “Emo” cameraman (Kevin Johnson) (below),
In the pilot entitled, “The Kinsey Report”, the team travels to Aspen, Colorado to investigate a supposed “cursed” house where a young pageant girl, Tyler Rae Kinsey (Addy Miller) (below), was murdered (choked to death with a jump rope). Although it was never proven, Tyler Rae’s jealous, overweight older sister, Claire (Brittany Renfro), was suspect.Meanwhile, Shawna (below) is fuming over Zeke’s out–of-control spending, especially now that she suspects he’s cheating on her.
But Shawna’s forced to sit still for Zeke’s lunar escapades with Russian model Svetlana (Cora Deitz) (below) as Harvey Goldman, the show’s executive producer (Michael Plumides) (above), says, “He’s trending.”
Producer: Bill Walker brings over thirty years of home video experience as a past consultant to Turner, New Line, and Castle Rock. Bill was also recognized as Charlotte Chamber’s Wachovia Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.
Producer: Anne Saunders brings over twenty years of marketing, advertising, and award winning consultation experience in print and online media to the production. Anne worked for six years as Editor for Network Communications, Inc. where she personally developed Charlotte’s New Homes Journal, winning Publication of the Year (2003, 2005, and 2007) by the Sales and Marketing Counsel of the Home Builders Association.
Director of Photography: Robert W. Filion has worn a lot of hats. He’s a director, producer, unit production manager, visual effects coordinator, and sound mixer with 17 years of filmmaking experience. Robert is also the 2008 American Zombie Film Competition winner for his short, See the Dead, judged, moderated, and sponsored by the iconic creator of Night of the Living Dead, George Romero. Rob also co-produced the award-winning Last Confederate.
Writer, Producer, and Director: Michael Plumides is a celebrated author (Kill the Music– recognized as one of the “ten best rock books of 2009” and a bestseller on Amazon’s Kindle store), writer (Blurt Magazine), also penning scripts with award-winning director, Kent Smith (360 – currently in development for 2011). Plumides makes his directorial debut with the GHOST TREK TV pilot.
Michael conceptualized GHOST TREK in late 2009 after watching marathon episodes of cable paranormal reality shows such as Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, and Ghost Hunters International. He was convinced of an underlying comedic element to each show, begging to be lampooned. Michael began developing the characters of GHOST TREK in early 2010, and completed a feature script in March. Then using the screenplay as a template, Plumides wrote several TV episodes. The GHOST TREK feature film is in development, tentatively shooting in the spring of 2011.
Combining the camp of Kolchak: the Night Stalker, the dynamics of The X-Files, the comedy of Clerks, and knuckle-headed types of The Jersey Shore, there’s no question GHOST TREK will be a hit with the Family Guy and/or Ghost Hunters crowd. Described by Jason Tracey, writer and producer of A&E’s Burn Notice as “promising and well-written,” GHOST TREK combines indie-horror with indie-comedy creating a crossover market appeal by incorporating reality stars and actors, plus masterful special effects make-up from two-time Emmy Award winner, Dean Jones ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Conor McCullagh (SyFy’s Face Off).
Additional Cast: Brandy Brown and Robert Filion
Angels on Acid – “Haunt Me” (pilot theme song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5OfeL2W6zI&feature=autofb
Isabelle’s Gift – “Kill the Cheerleader, Save the World” http://www.isabellesgift.us/the_free_download
Star Killer – “The Hunt” http://www.reverbnation.com/starkillernyc
Hellblinki – “Wicked World” http://www.hellblinki.com/01-Media/Music.html
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