Cropsey Theatrical PosterBreaking Glass Pictures has announced that Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio’s documentary Cropsey, will be released on DVD May 10th. The crititcally acclaimed film chronicles the true-life story of convicted child murderer Andre Rand and will be released under Breaking Glass’ Vicious Circle Films label.

Growing up on Staten Island, filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio had often heard the legend of Cropsey. For the kids in their neighborhood, Cropsey was the escaped mental patient who lived in the old, abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution and would come out at night to snatch children off the streets. Later, as teenagers, the filmmakers assumed Cropsey was just an urban legend: a cautionary tale used to keep them out of those abandoned buildings. That all changed in the summer of 1987 when 12-year-old Jennifer Schweiger disappeared from their community.

Now as adults Joshua and Barbara have returned to Staten Island to create “Cropsey,” a feature documentary that delves into the mystery behind Jennifer and four additional missing children. The film also investigates Andre Rand, the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.  Embarking on a mysterious journey into the underbelly of their forgotten borough, these filmmakers uncover a reality that is more terrifying than any urban legend.

Special features for the Cropsey DVD will include 10 deleted scenes – which include an explanation of the origins of the Cropsey legend, a look into the mistakes made during the investigation of Rand, and more.

Joshua Zeman is currently in pre-production for his next effort, a short film entitled The Best Man for the Job with Gigantic Pictures. Zeman will once again focus his lens on Staten Island, this time looking into the lives of the numerous police officers that call it home. You can find out more about the project and how you can contribute by clicking here.

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Born in the steel scrap-yards of Lorain, Ohio, Zach Shildwachter is a VHS Vagabond wandering the Cleveland landscape in search of the perfect Horror movie and Banana flavored snacks in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse. Until the Dead walk, our Hero remains an Aspiring Filmmaker, Compulsive Writer, Self-taught Artist, and amateur Super-Hero.

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