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Published on December 8th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Director Skye Borgman On The New Hulu Series “Dead Asleep,” Quiet Riot’s Documentary & More

In a ground-breaking new spin on the true-crime genre, the documentary film Dead Asleep — as produced in association with Sky Crime — flips the traditional thriller narrative to explore a deeper and more troubling mystery. Did a remorseful Randy Herman Jr. really commit a brutal murder in his sleep? Or was it a convenient cover story? Pulse Films has secured exclusive access to Herman and his family, the defense and prosecution attorneys, journalists who covered the case, forensic psychiatrists and world experts in violent parasomnia (sleep-walking) to give viewers an inside look at the shocking twists and turns of the controversial crime. And it is to set to premiere on Hulu on December 16, 2021.

Dead Asleep was directed by award-winner Skye Borgman, who was behind the critically acclaimed documentary Abducted In Plain Sight. Borgman had recently worked with Pulse Films on their Oxygen special The Case Died With Her. The film that put her on my personal radar was the documentary Quiet Riot: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back, on which Borgman served as its cinematographer. Further interesting about Borgman is that she has traveled to over 60 countries, lived on 3 continents, and filmed all sorts of folks, including rock stars, prime ministers, drug addicts, environmentalists, Academy Award winners, murderers, Buddhist nuns and anarchist chocolate makers alike.

On December 3, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Skye Borgman via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Dead Asleep, we spoke about her creative process, future projects and Quiet Riot. More on Borgman and Hulu’s premiere of Dead Asleep can be found by clicking here, here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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