“In A Madman’s World” tells the story of, Elmer Wayne Henley Jr., a 15-year old youth from Texas whose life takes a unexpected turn during the summer of 1971.
A high school dropout working multiple jobs to take care of his 3 brothers and mother, Wayne finds an unlikely friend in Dean, a 30-year old man from the neighborhood known to the local children as, “The Candy Man.” As Wayne and Dean’s relationship grows, Wayne begins to view Dean as the father he never had, spending almost every waking moment with him and developing an indestructible bond between the two.
As the two spend more and more time together, Wayne begins to notice another side of Dean. Before he knows it, he becomes sucked into what would later be known as one of the most heartless and diabolical crimes in American history.
Based on the haunting true story, “In A Madman’s World” is a powerful story of innocence lost and a boy who must become a man under the most nightmarish circumstances imaginable.
Written and directed by Houston based music video and feature film director, Josh Vargas, “In A Madman’s World” will be shot on location in Houston, Texas during the summer of 2011. Vargas, with the help of survivor, Rhonda Williams (who is also writing a book on the incident) have spent over a year of extensive research to bring to life the heartbreaking events that took place in Houston, Texas from 1971 to 1973, leaving no stone unturned with the intention of bringing the events to the audience exactly how they happened.
“This is a film that NEEDS to be made,” says Vargas. “This is one of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever heard in my life, as well as one of the most challenging projects I could ever take on as a filmmaker. This is a story about not only one of the greatest tragedies in American history, but about children who were swept under a rug and forgotten about, due to a city's incompetence and an uncaring police department. If anything, it should be a prime example of the importance of listening to your children. You never know what they may have to tell you.”
The film is being independently produced and financed by Vargas and co. with the intent on telling the story the way it needs to be told, rather than molding a product to be fed to the masses. With most of the financing coming directly out of Vargas’s pocket, we are seeking donations to help with all aspects of the production, from wardrobe to music rights, to feeding the cast and crew who will be giving 100% to ensure that the story is told accurately and done with the utmost respect for not only the youths whose lives were ruined, the people who lived through it, but for the 28 youths that didn’t. The financing will also cover compensation for the survivors who are bravely reliving one of the most traumatic times in their lives to ensure that what happened in Houston and the lives lost are never forgotten.
10% of the profits made from the film will be donated to the Parents Of Murdered Children - Heights Chapter,
Any donation would be greatly appreciated, even if it’s only a dollar, and would be a contribution to a great cause and a very important film. As the saying goes,“those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.”