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Cemetery Man

Released 1996
Distributor October Films

Michael Soavi’s 1994 film begins as a stylish goof on the zombie genre but expands into an hallucinatory meditation on love, death and the cosmos. Lockstep admirers of horror films were not happy (not enough zombies) and art-house denizens were appalled by the no-holds-barred sex and violence. It’s a genuinely visionary effort and, not for nothing, Martin Scorsese praised it as “one of the best Italian films of the 1990s”.

About Ernest Dickerson

In the tradition of Mario Bava and Jack Cardiff, Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning film and television veteran. The NYU grad photographed many films for director Spike Lee, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X. In 1992 he made his feature directorial debut with Juice and has been working steadily ever since with credits like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. Dickerson's acclaimed TV work includes AMC's The Walking Dead and Low Winter Sun, Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's The Wire and Treme, for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director.