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‘Love That Would Not Die’ a zombie puppet musical

A zombie puppet musical.

This idea has lived in Devon Ludlow’s mind for more than three years.

And the project will be screened at the Guild Cinema tonight.

Santa Fe filmmaker Devon Ludlow

“It started as a labor of love,” he says. “Then we brought some people that wanted to make this with me. We got an iPhone and did Part 1.”

The result is “The Love That Would Not Die” and “The Love That Would Not Die 2, Synthesize Me.” The episodes were shot entirely in Santa Fe.

“We did a mini-tour at speak-easys and abandoned swimming pools,” he says.

The film is a project of a young group of Santa Fe-based film and puppetry wizards, led by Ludlow, who have created a work that is thought-provoking and wacky, funny, profound, weird, thoroughly entertaining and memorable.

It is intended to run eventually as a series.

Two episodes have been completed.

Both will be screened at this showing, with a total run time of 60 minutes. Ludlow, the director and producer, will be present for a brief Q&A after the presentation.

The series follows a delusional, alcoholic apocalypse survivor/creator (Stan) and his sock puppet dog (Dog) as they try to maintain their sanity after big pharma/tech mogul (Steve) introduces a new pill – the iNodie – designed to keep consumers alive forever. Side effect is that it turns you into a mindless cannibal. Stan has lost his true love, Lydia, to the plague and now watches from his fortress as she eats brains day and night.

“It’s all pretty wacky,” he says. “It also started with songs.”

Ludlow was seduced into a puppet group about 20 years ago.

Originally a dancer, Ludlow began studying puppetry with Emmy Award winner Tim Giugni, later studying with various puppetry ensembles in Bulgaria and finally in Brazil.

He spent a period in the downtown New York City annual Clown Theatre Festival, working with such artists as Julie Taymor and Michael McCormick.

He has worked as a guest artist, puppeteer and performer with Meow Wolf, creating original installations and performances.

“I moved back to Santa Fe in 2009 and began working in the film industry,” he says. “This idea has been in my head for a while, and I wanted to get it filmed. It’s pretty cool to see the response. Who doesn’t love a zombie puppet musical?”

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