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Hello Herman, Michelle danner’s latest film stars Norman Reedus from the Walking Dead and his love interest is played by Martha Higareda, an acclaimed star in her native Mexico who starred with Keanu Reeves in Street Kings. The film also stars newcomer Garrett Backstrom as the troubled teen shooter Herman Howards.Hello Herman premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival and internationally premiered at the Monaco Charity Film Festival winning the award for socially relevant film. Hello Herman opened on June 7, 2013 in nationwide with simultaneous availability on VOD in 100 million homes and is available for purchase on the website.Hello Herman, follows a controversial journalist (Norman Reedus) is forced to confront his haunting past when he faces a bullied teenager (Garrett Backstrom) driven to a terrible act of violence.“John Buffalo Mailer’s Hello Herman is a powerful and important work, a darkly brilliant tone poem about America’s tango with violence and frame. Herman will get under your skin. He may even follow you home. What is certain is you won’t soon forget him.” Sam Kushner (Vanity Fair). 

A statement from director Michelle Danner:

HELLO HERMAN is sparking a lot of controversy. Some would love for me to not have made this movie. They want you to ignore the problem of violence in America.

Many understand why I made this movie. They called it “Daring… Unnerving, thought provoking…The type of movie that Hollywood rarely makes but should make more often.”

I am purposely making a point to touch on many issues. It’s about being very focused on the fact that there isn’t just one issue contributing to the escalating violence in teens, there are a multitude of them.

Our world is not safe. I am a mother and feel a responsibility. This breakout violence is not going away. It’s spiraling out of control.  There are so many factors that come together for these events to occur.

I wanted to start the conversation and not let it die.

When a shooting happens the media pounds on us and then they’re on to the next thing. No one does anything and it happens again and again. That’s why I made the film. Nothing changes.

We need to keep seeing movies that deal with these issues. No, it’s not a popcorn film. We can’t drop the ball on this one. This is the world we are leaving to our children and this world is getting more and more dangerous. We have to do something about it.

Reviews

 

“A powerful film that should be required viewing for adolescents everywhere. Garrett Backstrom is outstanding as the troubled teen.”

Danny Miller
MSN Movies 

“Thoughtful entertainment… Garrett Backstrom is excellent… I was reminded of Michael Moore’s ‘Bowling For Columbine'”.”

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

“HELLO HERMAN is a powerful and important work, a darkly brilliant tone poem about America’s tango with violence and fame. Herman will get under your skin. He may even follow you home. What is certain is you won’t soon forget him.”

Sam Kashner
Vanity Fair

“A timely and highly important movie…I’ve enjoyed Reedus’ excellent work in TV’s THE WALKING DEAD, but I think he’s even better here.”

Betty Jo Tucker
Reel Talk 

“Pushes a lot of buttons. Surely one of them does something.”

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democratic Review 

“HELLO HERMAN is brilliant in making us look deeper inside ourselves… Must see… Brilliant… Powerful… Controversial… Reedus is superb… Garrett Backstrom blew me away… Loved this film!”

Best Movies Ever Entertainment News

“Daring film HELLO HERMAN cannot be ignored… This intense, thought provoking, and unnerving film will open the floodgates to become more connected.”

Pamela Powell 
Real Honest Reviews
“HELLO HERMAN is the type of movie that Hollywood rarely makes, but should make more often… Powerful film… Garrett Backstrom and Norman Reedus are both brilliant in their roles.”
Joe Comicbook
Comicbook.com

“Garrett Backstrom does a stellar job… Very powerful… This is a movie with a message, heart and it get point across.”

Justin Williams
Otakus and Geeks

“Surprisingly touching film.. under Michelle Danner’s sensitive direction, a veil is lifted on how evil gets layered into character over time… Deeply moving film appropriate for younger audiences.”

Jesse Kornbluth
Head Butler

“I do applaud Mailer and Danner’s courage to tell a troubling story.”

Karin Crighton
Horror Talk

“Even though the film is set a little in the future, ‘Hello Herman’ couldn’t be timelier… Norman Reedus giving the film its best performance… It’s more concerned with exploring the reasons behind the act… Trying to understand what it is that makes someone like Herman commit such an appalling act is commendable.”

David Appleford
Film and Theatre Reviews

“A very challenging film. One that could not be more current at the moment… Kudos also to Jeff Beals’ jazzy score… The direction is fluid… The depiction of the massacre is chilling, understated and thoroughly convincing… A flashback to Herman’s attraction to one of his fellow students, Marsha (Olivia Faye), which starts out tentatively as a spark of attraction, is the film’s greatest moment, showing the small slights and petty violence both emotional and physical that goes into making a tabloid monster like Herman… This is an interesting, intelligent work.”

Jason Abbey
The Movie Waffler

“…Insightful look on topics people don’t really want to discuss… proves that Norman Reedus isn’t just a kick-ass actor who kicks ass, but is also a serious actor who should be in more dramatic roles like this. “

Robert G