Consciousness as a natural, biological phenomenon.

An ACTION filled quest.

In an earthy DARK hour.

In the beginning...

...we will RISE.

Only to FALL.

A community sponsored short film examining the spiritual and scientific implications of the loss of self and identity using control as a mechanism for change.

A Journey

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In a post-apocalyptic future, many believe that knowledge is power, and power is strength. A mysterious figure discovers the secret behind controlling a man’s soul. With that knowledge, he seeks peace and order -- but at what cost? People struggle for survival a midst the chaos that erupts, and only one man can stop it, or woman?

In Present Danger?

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displacedIt's weird to think about how close we are to danger. (Or how you could wake up to the knowledge that you could have been awakened by the screeching of fire alarms and flames). My apartment complex had a fire.... And many neighbors where easily displaced. So quick..... and it could have been me and those I love. So the real question is... How prepared are we?

How prepared are we to become displaced people.... A displaced country... a displaced world. All within possibly seconds..... minutes..... or days. Maybe that's why our subconscious floods our minds and feeds our creativity with walkers, meteors, and viruses, among other things that can take us out.

So I translate it into film. Z-END

I guess that's what this is all about. How displaced people get together and create a project. Just hoping to create a better future in chaos.

- A.D. Hopson

Zombie, Unearthed

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The beginning of Z-End started with a music video for Da’Shade Moonbeam’s song “They Are Coming” off of his “Just Me…(EP)". While capturing Da’Shade’s “era of terror” aesthetic on camera, A.D. Hopson was inspired to write a short horror film. Her enthusiasm was infectious and creativity exploded from every direction. This creative pandemic spawned the terrifyingly beautiful monster that is Z-End. Production came to a screeching halt as Ali pieced together her perfect crew.

The first teaser was shot in July 2013 as a fundraising effort. Although the film was conceptually developed, it had no chance of surviving sans resources, despite the plethora of culturally and artistically diverse participants. Thankfully, UpRise! Productions breathed life back into Z-End by awarding us funding through the City of Austin Cultural Division and the Texas Commission on the Arts grant at the end of 2013.




This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at