Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Winking Movie Promotion

When the 32-minute drama Eye to Eye premieres at 9:30 p.m. on October 18th at the Hobart Art Theatre in Hobart, Indiana, admission will be a very affordable four dollars.

But since times are tough, writer-director Anthony Garcia has upped the ante with a little extra enticement. The first 20 people who show up at Friday night's screening wearing an eye patch, in honor of lead character Marvin, will also get a free T-shirt.

Speaking of tough times, the trailer makes it seem as if this film is set in the present. As such, Garcia may have also inadvertently made a very scary indictment of the current U.S. health care system. On the cusp of Obamacare, Marvin (Bill Celorio) is willing to rely on a back-alley physician and do whatever it takes to find a healthy eye donor. With the help of a trusty spoon.

By sheer coincidence, the New Orleans Film Festival is on Thursday hosting the local premiere of Bayour Maharaj, a documentary about late one-eyed local piano legend James Booker. Praised by some, Booker gets more of an Eye to Eye-like individual endorsement from others. For example, the director of the Louisiana State Museum called Booker "the strangest man I’ve ever known."

As the (two-eyed) eagle flies, Bayour Maharaj and Eye to Eye are a very strange indie film pairing. Musically speaking, Garcia plucked several compositions from Ian Lewis' album "Sounds and Silence" to help set the mood.

[Eye to Eye]

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