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October 7, 2013

13-year-old Falls girl set to debut her film 'Zombie Kids'

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It’s an experience she said she’d love to repeat again and again, as many times as possible. But like everything happening in her life, she learned some important lessons along the way. If ever she does make her next film, she’ll use the experience making this one to be better.

“I learned you have to trust people, that you have to be patient,” she said. “You have to be ready for everything, because anything can get in the way. But I also learned I want to keep making movies.”

As a filmmaker, Hope is on the right path. But as a person, she’s been there a while. Her father, Tom Muehlbauer, said she’s never been a troublemaker, consistently succeeding both in and out of the classroom. Her mother, Shelly Muehlbauer, said she’s beyond proud of her daughter’s recent accomplishments.

They both have a different way of parenting that works in their situation. Members of a local metal rock band themselves, they’ve brought their daughter up in an environment tailor made for gothic fantasies. They have rooms filled with horror movie memorabilia and all-year Halloween decorations stationed throughout their quaint 30th Street home in the Falls.

They said Hope saw her first horror movie at 2 years old and laughed when a character was decapitated. Yet she’s a model citizen. It debunks, to them, the idea that their brand choice of entertainment can negatively affect the behaviors of teenagers.

“She’s as great of a kid as possible,” Tom said. “She gets straight As, she’s never in trouble. She’s the ultimate example of how that stereotype is a myth.”

So it’s no surprise the young filmmaker chose zombies for her first foray into the world of cinema. It’ll be up to her to do something more with the passion she has.

“This is all her doing,” he said. “She has the passion and the talent to do this. She did the best she could.”

 

 

 

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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