Some people want to educate residents and visitors by showcasing local history or organizing events meant to protect and promote local heritage landmarks. Others have an interest in breathing new life into the local arts scene, inspiring creativity and nurturing cultural relevance providing work for actors, painters, writers and musicians. Some want to shine a light on the contributions of our local indigenous or black Canadian communities; showcasing their cultures in ways that are respectful, collaborative and enlightening. Still others want to figure out a way to bring new money, new energy and new people into our region; how can we get tourists to fill up our hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets? How can we make our economy grow and thrive?
The not-for-profit, Tom Zombie Historical Society is a proven answer. It can do all of these things, logically and successfully at once and do them in a way that generates income for itself, gets media attention locally and internationally and draws fans in from all over the world.
After two super successful years of the Tom Zombie Festival we have shown the power of the Legend of Tom Zombie (the intellectual property we developed, using real local history, which the Tom Zombie Festival was based on) to bring amazing energy and fun to south-western Ontario. The next phase of this initiative is to produce high quality films that will draw people in and get them wanting to learn more about this incredible story. The two projects below represent that effort.
In 1887 a guilt stricken man is assigned to investigate a horrific train crash in small town St. Thomas, Ontario. When he digs into its mystery he inadvertently finds an artifact that tests his sanity and threatens to destroy the world.
Set in 1987 a group of teens go on a camping trip looking for the secrets behind a 200 year old local curse. Quickly they realize their greatest dangers lie in the secrets they bring with them.