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Waking Eyes

One woman's subconscious journey into fantasy brings her closer to her true self and the loved ones around her.

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Waking Eyes is about internal perception, where fantasy and reality overlap in the mind’s eye. The title comes from a line in Lewis Carroll’s poem Life is but a Dream. The film’s inspiration comes from the verse: “still she haunts me , phamtomwise, Alice moving under skies, never seen by waking eyes”.
Alice (Ariel Baty/Leah Chandler Mills) is a soul unready to depart for the afterlife. Her son (Michael Lee) desperately wants to connect with her one last time before the end. He transcends dimension into the timeless realm of Alice’s disorienting fantasies.

The film is a metaphysical journey into third cinema. Alice’s strong presence in the life of her son coupled with her elusive projections of herself created multiple planes for me to weave the narrative through. Alice’s character arc is splintered as she crosses over into each strange new world she encounters on her way out.

On a personal level, Waking Eyes deals with the period of my life when my grandfather passed away. I was unable to be with him in the final moments. In Waking Eyes I have revisioned how our parting might have been.




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