Pericles Lewnes is best known for the feature-length horror spoof REDNECK ZOMBIES, which was produced and shot in by ColorCast Productions in 1986 and originally distributed on video. Dubbed as a “cult classic” by horror fans, REDNECK ZOMBIES was included in the 1980s edition of “Trivial Pursuit” and is still being distributed worldwide on DVD. A 20th Anniversary DVD edition of REDNECK ZOMBIES is currently in production for release this year.
After the success of REDNECK ZOMBIES, Lewnes continued to work as a second unit director and special
effects artist on feature films (TOXIC AVENGER II, KABUKIMAN, DEF BY TEMPTATION), as well as a director for television commercials, documentaries, and music videos.
Last year, won “Best Documentary” in the 2006 FAIF International Film Festival for FIGHTER, a gritty expose of the birth of mixed martial arts. The 2006 FAIF award was followed by a “Best Biography” award for FIGHTER in the New York International Film Festival.
In 2003 Lewnes wrote and began shooting his second feature film LOOP, a low budget independent production shot on video that will celebrate its Southern California premiere in October 2007 in the Indie Fest/FAIF festival in Anaheim, California. LOOP represents Lewnes’s return as a director to feature films after 20 years.
Lewnes’s other credits include a number of award winning music videos and the documentary FAST GAME, FAST MONEY: THE GRIFTERS OF NEW YORK, which garnered several awards, including the Grand Prize in the Rosebud Festival (1994) and a Cine Golden Eagle (1994). FREEDOM PLAZA, a cinema verité style short film written and directed by Lewnes, premiered in August 2007 in the “People and Places” program of the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.
Lewnes was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and currently works as a shooter/editor in Washington,
DC, when he’s not making movies.
Pericles Lewnes (Director/Lead)