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 boy eats girl: a zombie love story

friday, September 27th, 2019 at 6:15pm

Program #5

A short romantic comedy about two zombies who meet-cute while fighting over a dead woman’s intestines. Their brains have died...but not their hearts.

Meet the filmmakers

WRITER - Elizabeth Martin, Lauren Hynek

DIRECTOR - Sarah Gurfield

PRODUCER - Liz Vacovec


EDITOR - Mike Gurfield


Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, Writers


We each started writing our first plays at the age of about seven. Lauren fell in love with the magic of movies visiting her dad (visual effects supervisor Joel Hynek) on the set of PREDATOR as a little kid. Elizabeth spent her tween years writing (badly formatted) fan fiction episodes of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. In high school, we joined forces while working at the same Shakespeare theater in the summers. We continued to work in classical theater together after college, producing plays on shoestring budgets and getting paid out of a passed hat. However, frustrated with the limited roles for women in Shakespeare’s work, we started to dream of creating our own stories -- ones that featured strong women that our little girl selves could look up to. We let our imaginations run to tales that couldn’t be tackled on the stage, they demanded the big screen. After spending a few years teaching ourselves how to write (and properly format) a screenplay, we swung for the fences and wrote a live action MULAN on spec. Disney bought it and it’s due out in March of 2020. In the meantime, we’ve won a handful of writing contests, wrote a Lifetime movie Christmas Perfection, and were hired to adapt a NY Times bestseller into an hour-long drama series for Alcon Entertainment. Currently, we’re working on a biopic about computer pioneer GRACE HOPPER for Middleton Media as well as rewriting an action flick for a trio of companies. In our spare time, we strive to make the world a more equal place as co-chairs of the Committee of Women Writers at the WGAW.



Sarah Gurfield, Director / Executive Producer


Sarah Gurfield’s screen credits include directing the first season of “The Donors,” a new digital comedy series for Lionsgate’s Laugh Out Loud network, executive produced by Kevin Hart. Her previous short film, “Thumb” screened at over thirty festivals and won a handful of Best Comedy awards. As a theatre director, Gurfield has worked primarily in New York and LA, where she is cofounder and resident director of Santa Monica Rep. Favorite productions include the world premiere of Steven Fechter’s “The Commission” (New York Fringe); “I Do! I Do!” (Berkshire Theatre Festival); “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Bat Boy The Musical” (Seacoast Rep); “Proof” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abriged)” for Santa Monica Rep. Ms. Gurfield is a director at The Actors Studio, an SDCF Award winner, and a member of SDC and AEA. 


Liz Vacovec, Producer


After working as assistant to the Line Producer on the Fox show “Bones”, Liz has independently been producing content for over four years. Liz has worked on nine television movies, many of which premiered on Lifetime. Her digital clients include Netflix, PepsiCo, and Facebook. Her most recent feature, “30 Nights”, just completed post production. On top of her extensive production experience, Liz creatively collaborates with writers to develop original content. Liz has a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College in Boston. Her undergrad degree is a double major in Communications and English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



James Codeglia, Cinematographer


James Codeglia is a Cinematographer who has shot hundreds of projects for all kinds of clients. Sometimes he captures behind-the-scenes material such as for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” But mostly he shoots films such as “Krantz” by Christopher Cantwell (creator of Halt and Catch Fire) and the award-winning film “Thumb”; and music videos such as “Alive” by Empire of the Sun, which has 72 million views on YouTube. He worked for Disney for years filming successful ads such as “Mickey Mouse Brings Magic to NYC” and “Darth Vader Goes to Disneyland!” He is a partner at Ghostlight alongside his twin brother David. James is happiest making the prettiest pictures he knows how!



Mike Gurfield, Editor 


Los Angeles native Mike Gurfield has been a freelance editor for the past twelve years. His credits include TV, film and video game trailers for EA Mobile, Ubisoft, the Golf Channel, and Simple Films; corporate videos for clients including Oreo Cookie, Red Bull, the US Olympic Committee, and Draft FCB; and commercials for web and international broadcast. He has also cut reality pilots and pitches for everything from cooking shows and house flipping to behind-the-scenes of bands on tour. Formally trained as a classical musician, Mike is also a freelance trumpet player in New York City, serves on the trumpet faculty at New York University, produces records and podcasts, and runs a small not-for-profit arts organization. Mike’s musical background has a strong influence on the timing, rhythm, and pacing of his editing work. BOY EATS GIRL: A Zombie Love Storymarks his first narrative short as a lead editor.