This Friday, all eyes will be on "Eye to Eye," a new independent horror film that's generating substantial buzz before its premiere next weekend.
On Sunday, Entertainment Examiner had an exclusive one-on-one chat with the film's director and star. And it sounds like those who made the must-see new independent movie are just as enthused about the premiere as local movie-goers.
For Highland, Indiana-native Anthony Garcia, "Eye-to-Eye" is a true labor of love, as he wrote and directed the film, which will have its first original screening in the director's backyard of Hobart, Indiana this Friday, October 18th.
"This film follows Marvin [played by Bill Celorio] on a strange quest to finally see the world whole," Garcia tells Entertainment Examiner. "Struggling with unfortunately being born with only one eye, Marvin seeks help from a strange source. He meets with a shady back-alley doctor who goes by the name Dr. Schemk [played by Steve Broumas]. He goes on to promise Marvin he can do a transplant procedure under one condition.... He must be the one to find a real human eye."
Garcia believes the film is getting a lot of buzz simply from the look of these characters.
"I mean come on, how many movies do you see starring a guy with an eye patch and a doctor working out of an abandoned building," the director admits. "The characters in this film stand out so much. This film also is getting a lot of buzz from our local actors."
One of the most talked-about local actors referenced by Garcia is the very talented Bill Celorio, who is getting no shortage of attention for his captivating performance in Eye-to-Eye.
"I think film goers will not know what to expect when Eye to Eye begins," Celorio says. "When the pieces of the story start to fall into place, the film goers will understand what's going on but will be keep guessing what will happen next. The story is a suspenseful journey with twists, turns, and forks in the road. When the end credits roll, I think the film goers will feel a range of emotions."
Celorio and Garcia are both optimistic that a wider audience will soon get an eyeful of their work.
"I really hope this film can reach a very large audience," Garcia tells Entertainment Examiner. "I truly believe that this is a film people will want to watch. It's definitely worth it to watch the film. I very carefully put so much thought into the emotions and feelings of the characters to make the story very real. I will be entering the film into short film contests around the nation. It has very good potential to make it's way to distribution."
For now, the film's cast and crew are looking back fondly on their time together in production of Eye to Eye.
"I liked working with Anthony Garcia because he knows what he wants from the cast and he knows how he wants the characters to be portrayed," Celorio says. "At the same time, he's open to suggestions and allows some freedom for actors to add certain things to their characters. I also liked working with all the cast members. They were all pleasant to work with and the chemistry was good. We could all play off of each other if we had to improvise in some scenes."
Getting a five-star review from Entertainment Examiner, "Eye to Eye" debuts at 9:30 p.m. CST on October 18th at the Hobart Art Theater.
Admission is $4.
According to the film's local promotional efforts, the first 20 people who attend wearing an eye patch will receive a free "Eye to Eye" T-shirt.
To learn more about "Eye to Eye," check out the short film's official Facebook page here.