The interesting, core allegorical thing in Isaac's book that I try to bring to the movie is two-fold. One, it's about what does it mean to be alive and what does it mean to live in the moment. Our zombie lives in an airport, there's a scene where it flashes back to the airport as it was before and everyone is just walking, staring at their cell phones — they're not too different from the zombies in the post-apocalyptic world.

The other really cool thing is this protagonist, this main character, this guy — for him, being a zombie is not that different from being a young person who can't express themselves. He's around this beautiful girl and he's completely inarticulate, he thinks he's a huge loser — I mean, he's right, he's a zombie — but those are things you gravitate toward, those are things I can wrap my head around, because I kind of shared that perspective when I was his age.

ANY THOUGHTS ON COMING BACK TO BROWN, COMING BACK TO PROVIDENCE? It's always really exciting for me to do that. I got to come back a few years ago to speak at this Ivy League film festival, that was really, really fun. I got to stay at the Biltmore — that was always this amazing place that I could never stay in, that I would always look at from afar. I'll go to the [Grad Center Bar]. I'll do some of the fun things that I did. There's lots of food that I want to eat. I have nothing but great memories of going to school there and especially about studying art-semiotics there and learning about what it means to be a filmmaker. And so, I'm just so grateful to come back. It's honestly the highlight of this weird cross-country presser that I'm on — being able to come back and show this movie to people, and be proud of it, and go to Paragon and drink a Bloody Mary.

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