An infection which appears to be caused by a bacteria in the water turns out to be more. A fourteen-year-old student, Dannie, feels the real cause is linked to her recurring dreams. When the infection reaches an epidemic level, it becomes clear that the "infection" not only kills, but restores the body to a minimally functioning state where the infected become the "living-dead". This unique twist on the classic zombie theme, centers around the highly-intuitive Dannie Jacobs and a group of four other middle school students who try to save their friends, their town and themselves in spite of the odds against them. While they are desperately trying to find an answer before it's too late, they meet researcher Sue who may hold the key to the infection and Dannie's dreams.
Emily Hagins wrote Pathogen when she was 11 years old and has persevered over the past 2 years in her quest to complete her first feature length movie. Pathogen represents her hard work as well as the hard work of her cast and crew. The advice and emotional support she received from the Austin film community was also invaluable. This past summer Emily received a Texas Filmmakers Production Fund grant from the Austin Film Society to help with the post-production of the movie.