Recently released on VHS, The Sleeper is a new slasher film by local filmmaker Justin Russell. Justin created The Sleeper as an homage to a genre that peaked in popularity before he was even born: slasher films.
Slasher films are those horror films from the 1980’s where a maniac offs a group of attractive young people with a machete, or a pair of garden shears, or a shish kabob skewer.
A documentary by local filmmakers won an award from the largest documentary film festival in the country. Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar directed Sparkle, and as WYSO's Emily McCord reports, it was an audience favorite.
What started off as a short video for his church turned into a feature length documentary project for Shane Pergrem. Here Pergrem discusses the process of making The Almond Tree, his first feature film and where the process has taken him as an artist. He's joined by longtime friend Ricky Terrell of Starving in the Belly of the Whale, who composed the soundtrack to the Almond Tree. Terrell talks about scoring the film and shares several live and recorded songs.