Using the Upfront Background Image Slider as a Featured Story Slider


I'm hoping to use the background image slider (or something similar) as a featured story slider. I'd like a blog post/page title to appear with each image and be clickable to that story (I'm ok with setting this up manually as it won't be changed frequently). However, Upfront doesn't appear to have this functionality.

Is there a way to use the background slider as a featured story slider? If not, is there a plugin or tool that would make this possible?

Lastly, is there a way to achieve a parralax like effect with WPMU dev themes? It would be nice to add a little depth or movement to my page.

I appreciate all the help you can offer!