I suspect this is not what Atlanta’s tourism folks have in mind when they talk about wanting more conference business.
From the AJC story, “Zombie Symposium: Exploring the undead”:
The Atlanta Zombie Symposium explores all things zombie, from its origins in African religions such as Voodoo (the basis for what is considered the first zombie movie, 1932’s “White Zombie”) to its contemporary pop culture relevance.
The brainchild of local artist Stan Woodard, the idea came about after he bought a set of low-budget zombie DVDs last year.
“I found each of these films charming in certain ways, but what was most interesting to me was the variety of types of zombies,” he said. “When I mentioned the idea [to screen the films] to a friend, he got very excited, and in the course of our conversation the basis for the Atlanta Zombie Symposium was formed — a multivenue, multievent, in-depth look at the zombie phenomenon in contemporary media.”
Perhaps this is what the meeting planners should have in mind. The brochure photos are much more exciting.
Want to go? Atlanta Zombie Symposium panel discussions, films and dance party, 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept. 12. Georgia Tech’s Clary Theater, The Plaza Theatre, The Graveyard. www.stanwoodard.com