FINAL CUTZ: Cinema as Collective Catharsis

Students and faculty from the former Santa Fe University of Art and Design are nearing completion on their zombie feature-film, FINAL CUTZ – a collective cinematic catharsis to cope with the loss of their beloved institution.

FINAL CUTZ unfolds during the last days of the semester at a failing art school, when a fire breaks out in an abandoned campus building once used as a military hospital. Sound familiar? As students race to finish their zombie-themed film projects, a radioactive virus unleashes a real invasion of the living dead.

Former Film School chairman Liam Lockhart wrote and directed the self-reflexive social satire. The cast includes New Mexican-based actors J.D. Garfield (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), Eb Lottimer (Dead River), and Lisa Lucas (Emmy Award-winning producer), and features debut performances from SFUAD graduates Rio Finnegan, Jennifer Keanini, Emilia Miceli and Dylan Salewski.

To help raise the remaining funds needed to complete their production, the filmmakers have launched a crowd-funding campaign at Indiegogo ( that runs until Halloween. For more information and to view the trailer, visit the “Final Cutz” website at, or friend them on Facebook.

The work-in-progress has already been submitted for consideration to a number of international film festivals, and Lockhart and his team are hoping this “Zom- Com of Academic Proportions” will find its niche audience.

“FINAL CUTZ has been a labor of love on the part of all involved,” said Lockhart. “If it hadn’t been for the undying commitment of our students and faculty, this film would never be seeing the light of day.”

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