The Evil Eyes, 2011, 20 min

Bobby Abate

Films in Competition, Narrative, Short Film

An homage to the death of the soap opera, The Evil Eyesis a 1960's era story of a grandmother faced with her mortality, a mother in mid-life crisis, and a son realizing his sexuality - a dysfunctional family whose unspoken angst manifests in the latest episode of their beloved supernatural soap opera, Before Dawn.

Tina Sloan, 26-year veteran of Guiding Light, stars as the soap's the death-cursed matriarch whose daughter slowly vanishes into thin air and grandson channels the family's fate using his crystal ball. On the other side of the screen, a woman is so desperate for her family's attention she figures the only way to get it is to be on television.

Cinematographer Bradford Young evokes a dreamlike atmosphere using monochromatic studio cameras of the era. Filming took place at St. Cecilia's Convent in Brooklyn, New York. In contrast, the colorful 1960's living room was shot separately in high definition on location in suburban New Jersey.


Directed by Bobby Abate


Sunday, April 01 1:00pm

Films in Competition 11

George Kuchar’s 1966 classic Hold Me While I’m Naked with new narrative, documentary and experimental films by Bobby Abate, Dietmar Brehm, Kevin T. Allen, Josh Gibson, and Kevin Jerome Everson.

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)