Beware the Slenderman tells the true story of 12-year olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her 19 times, then confessed they did it to appease a tall and faceless man known online as Slenderman.
Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. Her first feature film, Hear and Now, a documentary memoir about her deaf parents, won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2007, and went on to win numerous Jury and Audience awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America.
Her next film, The Final Inch, a short film about the global effort to eradicate polio, was nominated for an Academy award, multiple Emmys, and won the IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. After the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Irene followed the life of a single bird found coated in oil, and with HBO made Saving Pelican 895 which won an Emmy for its affecting music. In 2014, she directed One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp, which won the 2014 Prime Time Emmy for Best Children’s Programming.
Irene’s most recent feature film, Beware the Slenderman, is a haunting exploration of an Internet Bogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who attempted to kill for him. Beware the Slenderman will air on HBO in 2016, as will Open Your Eyes, her 2015 short film following one Nepali family’s struggle to regain their sight.
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. Irene has also worked as a journalist with CBS News Sunday Morning, and for 10 years worked as a Himalayan mountain guide. She is graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She founded Vermilion Films in 2006.