Our forte is horror as we are purveyors of the fantastique
Little Spark Films (LSF) is a crew that took nearly 8 years to pull together. That originally began with a one-week turnaround short film which was made simply just for the hell of it. That short film didn’t win any awards. But it was written, planned, shot, edited and submitted on the deadline and got accepted! I’m still pretty proud of that. From there the LSF team honed its own form of procedure of “punk filmmaking”. Over the years we have worked on a wide variety of sets for major productions and helmed shoots for local business and independent musicians in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.
We have had the honor of working with some of the most talented and interesting people in the industry! From taking part in season 2 of The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs to directing features with Lloyd Kaufman, Kevin Gage, Isaiah Washington, Lou Temple and Fangoria legend Kerry O’Quinn!
Most recently LSF produced a short film written by horror novelist Paul Kane. A dramatic interrogation filled with nightmares and trauma. The Torturer is Little Spark Films’ most revered project to date. Starring Texas thespians Paul T. Taylor & Lawrence Varnado. The picture is beautifully shot in 6k by director of photography, Jörg Viktor Steins-Lauß and directed by Joe Manco.
“The ambiguous nature of the story is the fuel for the cinematic, wildfire. As soon as we are drawn into the passionate queries of the Torturer, we are smashed in the face with some of the best, lower-budget torture effects I’ve seen. Far from being “torture-porn” the violence takes you right to the edge of unbearably gruesome, only to let you breathe for a bit, before the next round. This is the kind of ebb and flow that genre films have lacked for far too long.”
-Robert Rippeth Jr.
Demons of Celluloid
  • Director (8 Credits)
    Beyond Dusk2021
    Short
    Don't Mention Love2020
    Music Video
    Falling In Over2020
    Music Video
    Joe Manco - DIRECTOR'S REEL 2020
    Other
    The Torturer2020
    Feature, Short
    Murderballs2019
    Short
    Anti Christmas Carol2017
    Short
    Burnouts2016
    Short
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    The Reckoners
    Screenplay
    Joe Manco - DIRECTOR'S REEL 2020
    Other
    Murderballs2019
    Short
    Anti Christmas Carol2017
    Short
    Burnouts2016
    Short
Best Horror / Best Actor Paul T. Taylor
The Torturer
Reel Social Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
Beyond Dusk
Rack Focus Film Festival: Round 11
Dallas, Texas
2021
Outstanding Screenplay
The Reckoners
Foreman Empire Productions International Film Festival Presents Halloween Horror Haunt
Atlanta, Georgia
2021
Official Selection
The Torturer
Slash & Bash Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival
Topeka
2021
Best Horror
The Torturer
Only The Best Film Awards
Miami
2021
Best Actor
The Torturer
4th Dimension Independent Film Festival
Bali
2021
Gold Tier Best FX / VFX - Gold Tier Disturbing Films - Gold Tier Short Film Performances - Gold Tier Short Film Screenplays - Gold Tier Top Artistic Achievements
The Torturer
Horror Movie Awards
California
2020
High School
Jack E. Singley Academy of Irving ISD
Media Technology & Communications
20012005
Birth Date
July 31, 1985
Birth City
Dallas, TX.
Current City
Arlington, TX.
Hometown
Irving, TX.
Gender
Male
Zodiac Sign
Leo
Married To
Catalina Querida
Children
yes
Our forte is horror as we are purveyors of the fantastique