Danger Word is a short horror film shot over Memorial Day weekend in 2013. It stars Frankie Faison (The Wire, The Silence of the Lambs) and newcomer Saoirse Scott (One Life to Live).  It tells the story of a 13-year-old girl and her grandfather who have survived the zombie plague in his wooded cabin—and how her birthday outing goes badly awry. It’s a story about love and survival that empowers young girls.

It’s being done by the husband and wife screenwriting team of Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due.  Steven has written for The Outer Limits, The New Twilight Zone and Andromeda, as well as a healthy list of his own novels, both on his own and in collaboration with others.  His first work of fiction was a 1979 novelette called  The Locusts, was co-written with Larry Niven, and was nominated for a Hugo Award. Tananarive  is an American Book Award winner and author of the bestseller My Soul to Keep.  This film is based on an incident in their novel Devil’s Wake. Director Luchina Fisher, who has written and produced three nationally broadcast documentaries and numerous segments for television, debuted her first award-winning short film, Death in the Family, in 2012.

They already have two-hundred backers on Facebook and social media—including groundbreaking filmmaker Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Oscar nominee Josh Olson (Best Adapted Screenplay, A History of Violence), Tony Award nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), authors Harlan Ellison, Bernice L. McFadden and Larry Niven, fans, friends and family—who got them started with funds to shoot the footage.

But now it’s post production time.  This means editing, color correction, sound balancing, music, ADR (dialogue replacement often used, for example, in moving vehicles), and pickups (footage to fill in visual gaps).

As these things go, they don’t need a staggering amount of money – but they’re not going to reach the finish line without it.  The good news: Danger Word isn’t finished yet, but they already have invitations to the Charlotte Black Film Festival and the Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta. THE BAD NEWS: With only 19 days left in their Indiegogo campaign, they are far short of what they need to finish the film.  If they can get it finished and polished, they can even get it into the Sundance Film Festival – but it has to be in condition to submit.

This is an odd distinction, but it’s probably true: Danger Word is probably the first black zombie film ever made, ever.

If you want to help out (even a dollar will help) go contribute.  You’ll feel better knowing you helped a worthy creative project see the light of day.


  • The Danger Word IndieGogo page
  • The Danger Word donors page