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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 85 MIN | 2007

MULBERRY STREET

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One sweltering summer day in New York, the city's rats suddenly, terrifyingly, begin to behave erratically and attack residents across the city. With each bite, New Yorkers devolve into bloodthirsty, rodent-like creatures, killing at will. In this sharp debut film, the horror centers on the diverse residents of Manhattan's 51 Mulberry Street, a building where each tenant has just received an eviction notice. Contemplating their uncertain future, the motley group of denizens goes One sweltering summer day in New York, the city's rats suddenly, terrifyingly, begin to behave erratically and attack residents across the city. With each bite, New Yorkers devolve into bloodthirsty, rodent-like creatures, killing at will. In this sharp debut film, the horror centers on the diverse residents of Manhattan's 51 Mulberry Street, a building where each tenant has just received an eviction notice. Contemplating their uncertain future, the motley group of denizens goes about their daily business, completely unaware of the impending terror. An ex-boxer waits for his daughter's return from a tour of duty in Iraq. A single mother of a teenage boy goes to work in a seedy bar. Two older, long-time residents putter about, lamenting the disrepair of the building. As the day goes on, news stations begin to broadcast advisories about a viral outbreak, but not until the creatures run rampant does it become painfully clear that the city is totally out of control. Stranded with no working subway, the Iraq vet uses her combat skills to make it home, taking us through the city from far uptown all the way to downtown Mulberry Street. Meanwhile, Manhattan is quarantined and the tenants band together, trying to survive through the night while keeping their now-bloodthirsty superintendent at bay. This thought-provoking story is cleverly set in post-September 11 New York - a time of war, rising gas prices and widespread residential displacement as a result of gentrification. With a shoestring budget and strong debut actors, Mickle delivers a brilliant addition to the zombie genre with a steady dose of horror, gore and a stunning finale.

Film Information
Year: 2006
Length: 85 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: New York
Cast & Credits
About the Director(s)

JIM MICKLE is a Film Production graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His senior thesis film, The Underdogs, won Best Independent Film at the 2002 I-Con Film Festival, screened at the Woodstock Film Festival and was the opening night short film at the San Francisco Horror Film Festival. He spent the last six years in the film business as a lighting technician on over fifteen feature films, including the Oscar® nominated Transamerica. He is an accomplished 3D animator and editor, and has worked as a storyboard artist and concept illustrator, providing artwork for feature films such as Monsters Ball, Damon Dash's Death of a Dynasty, and the upcoming Journey to the End of the Night, starring Brendan Fraser and Mos Def. He has also provided storyboard artwork for over two dozen commercials and music videos. Mulberry Street is Mickle's first full-length feature film.

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