Meet the Filmmaker: Lewis Leslie, “The Haunting Man”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
LL: I have always been obsessed with movies. I’ve been writing for years now, and eventually discovered screenwriting format and fell in love with it. Once low budget filmmaking really became an option, I jumped in head first and never looked back. There is no greater feeling that working with a team of like-minded creative individuals, and seeing what you’ve all created come to fruition.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
LL: The Haunting Man was created with Nathaniel Shields for the 2019 Denver 48 Hour Film Festival. That is really the only screening the film has had before now. I do plan to send the film to some film festivals as soon as possible. It’s always great to see your work on the big screen, and to get reactions from an audience.

Q: What else are you working on?
LL: Dream Hero Productions has several films in post-production and we are planning to shoot another feature in Florida this fall: The Dying Fields with the help of producer Kara Brown Skelly and Shields Productions’ Nathaniel Shields.
“A group of former junkies on their way home from a drug rehab facility stumble upon an old, abandoned farm. They quickly discover an old well that contains cursed water, and are forced to fight for their lives against the very people they now call friends.”

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
LL: Everything about me is weird. I love horror movies, but do not stick exclusively to the genre. I love collaborating and have been very fortunate to work with some of the best Colorado has to offer.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LL: Feel free to check out our Facebook page for more info on all of our projects: www.facebook.com/dreamheroproductions. We are also on Instagram: www.instagram.com/dream.hero.productions and Twitter: www.twitter.com/dreamheroprod

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
LL: The EFPalooza is a wonderful collection of shorts from the prior year that I look forward to on an annual basis. The EFP has been absolutely vital to the nurturing of up-and-coming talent for years and years in the Denver market. It is run by an amazing collection of professionals and is always a treat.

The Haunting Man will screen Friday, March 20th at 9:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Thriller & Horror Shorts block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.