Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — American Wisper (now streaming on Amazon Prime) is the true story of the unsolved murders of an upper-class African American family. In the summer of 2016, three children and their mother were found shot to death in their large New Jersey home close to NYC.
They were discovered by father and husband Josiah Wisper – a brash businessman who owned bars, restaurants, stores and real estate in Harlem, New York. Wisper immediately became the prime suspect in the case, or what is more commonly known as “A Person of Interest”. He was eventually ruled out as a suspect by police and law enforcement officials, but never in the eyes of those in the Harlem community – his relatives, friends, and people he had known for nearly half his life.
Wisper quickly embarks on a search to find out who murdered his family – his personal (and original) video recordings, journals and diaries take us to family, friends, police precincts, newspapers drug dens, gun stores and street-gang hangouts – all in the hope of piecing together the clues needed to solve this shocking and tragic crime. His “on-camera” journey takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions, leading us to a horrifying conclusion – and Josiah’s final discovery of what it takes to be a man. Based on true events, and based on withheld police reports issued at the time of the murders. Directed by Russ Emanuel and produced by Howard Nash. Screenplay by Howard Nash and Rodney Cavin.
The producers of American Wisper want it known that they are seeking to have the original case re-opened, and feel that a movie about the injustice suffered by the real Josiah is the only way to make that happen. But, a clarion “Call to Action” isn’t as easy as it sounds: According to writer/producer Howard Nash, “I’ve noticed a fair amount of racism when it comes to smaller, independent films with African American leads. The smaller movie sites and platforms are not even selecting them. So it becomes even more important to get the word out, so that people can see things for themselves.”
“Wisper… a very tight thriller without clear heroes or victims – thanks to a tight directorial effort, a tense script and strong performances by all involved… it’s a genre movie that shouldn’t be missed.” — Mike Haberfelner SMT News & Reviews
The film is the winner of two international film festival awards.
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