Impact On – Cyberculture:
Beware The Slenderman
Producer Sophie Harris in-person for after film Q&A!
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Run Time: 115 mins
When: Saturday, May 14 at 9:40 pm
Where: Sie FilmCenter
BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN tells the story of the internet’s elusive Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her 19 times, then set out on an odyssey to meet the tall and faceless man known online as Slenderman. Shot over 18 months with heartbreaking access to the families of the would-be murderers, the film plunges deep down the rabbit hole of their crime, a Boogeyman and our society’s most impressionable consumers of media. The entrance to the internet can quickly lead us to its dark basement, within just a matter of clicks. How much do we hold children responsible for what they find there?
About the Director:
Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. She founded Vermilion Films in 2004. In 2007, Irene turned the camera on her own family to make her first feature-length documentary Hear and Now, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, and went on to receive numerous Audience and Jury awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America. Irene’s passion for documentary portraiture began as a still photographer. While living in Nepal, she published her first book “Buddhas in Disguise” and made her first film, Isharra, in 1993. She later returned to New York to produce and shoot award-winning television documentaries, and worked as a Producer for CBS News Sunday Morning before moving to Portland to start Vermilion. Irene is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Portland with her husband, Matt, and their three sons.