Kennewick High grad’s short film to raise money for Pasco woman

A short film written, produced by and starring a Kennewick High School graduate premieres this month on the festival circuit and Vimeo On Demand.

Proceeds from the $1.99 rentals of Ricky Russert’s SLLiP will go to a Pasco woman battling breast cancer. The woman, Megan Baker Sisemore, 31, a mother of two, is Russert’s childhood friend.

“We hope that people can find the time to watch the 25-minute film knowing their support will help this incredible woman win the fight,” Russert said in an email. Pre-orders have started at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/sllip.

Russert, a 2001 Kennewick High graduate, has been finding success in Hollywood, with roles in projects from the TV show Banshee to Ride Along 2, which is due out next year.

He also has his own production company.

SLLiP — or “pills” spelled backward — follows Cam, a young husband and father who becomes addicted to painkillers after a workplace injury.