GHOST TREK is lead by Dr. Zeke Wallace (Michael Melendez – Turning Home), a good-looking ex-chiropractor turned paranormal investigator who lives in New York with his girlfriend, Shawna Leibowitz (Gia Allemand – The Bachelor), the show’s producer. And Scary Carrie Carmichael (Christy Johnson – Mortuary), the “Living-Dead Roller-Girl”, pines away as the GHOST TREK case manager as management forbids Carrie face time due to her freakish outward appearance.
Director of Photography and Co-Director, 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 2009 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.
Creator, Writer, Producer, and Co-Director Michael Plumides is a celebrated author and writer, making his directorial debut with the GHOST TREK TV pilot.
Going to jail with GWAR’s lead singer Oderus Urungus in September of 1990 gave Plumides some serious street cred after the release of his anti-censorship book, KILL THE MUSIC (2009) describing the rise and fall of the infamous 4808 Club of which Plumides was the owner during the moral hysteria of the PMRC years. After promoting the book for a year and without missing a beat, Plumides turned his attention toward screenwriting.
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. Plumides 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 which is dark, violent, politically incorrect, but very funny. Then using the screenplay as a template, Plumides wrote six television episodes with six more in development. Now that the pilot is completed, GHOST TREK, LLC is shopping the concept.
Combining the camp of Kolchak: the Night Stalker, the dynamics of The X-Files, the social commentary of Clerks, the drama of Entourage, the humor of The Young Ones, and the zany hijinx of Scooby Doo, there’s no question GHOST TREK will be a hit with the Family Guy and/or Ghost Hunters crowd. And with over-the-top offensive, adult oriented shows blossoming like Archer (FX) , GHOST TREK is sure to be a hit. Also, the GHOST TREK cast members are getting noticed; they’re chanting Colt Cabana’s name on WWE, Gia Allemand has come back for a second season of ABC’s Bachelor Pad, and Addy Miller’s episode of The Walking Dead is nominated for an Emmy.
GHOST TREK is intentionally dark and humorous in the same vein as the new hit show Wilfred (FX), or Eastbound and Down in it’s third season (HBO) (Produced by fellow NC natives Jody Hill, David G. Greene, and Danny McBride) but with a paranormal reality spin. Early screenings have had positive exit poll reactions in the 18-49 male market share with GHOST TREK’s brand of high-brow meets low-brow humor. Future screenings are to be tentatively held in Charleston, SC (July 30), Columbia, SC, and Athens, GA as well as New York, NY, Austin, TX, and Los Angeles, CA (TBA).
Described by Jason Tracey, writer and producer of USA’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 (Dean Jones – Deep Space Nine) and graphic design (Justin Kates – Sanguis Vitum Est). GHOST TREK promises to have the best in creature effects,
as Conor McCullagh (Winner – SyFy’s FACE OFF) is attached as Make Up Special Effects Producer for the GHOST TREK feature/TV show (see “Confederate Ghoul” head by Conor McCullagh below).