"Do You See What I See?" recently had an enthusiastic sold-out screening at the Annapolis Film Festival.
"Do You See What I See?" is a reworking of my first produced feature film, "21 Eyes," which was co-written and directed by Lee Bonner and produced by David Butler. This is a not a simple Directors Cut. It is radical rethink. We even shot new footage for this version.
"21 Eyes" is a found footage film told from the perspective of two police detectives watching the security camera footage of a bloody but seemingly open-and-shut robbery. The two detectives are never shown directly on camera. The audience only hears their voices and sees what they see on the television. The film, and its unique perspective, made it a favorite of festival audiences throughout the country, but general audiences sometimes found the concept hard to understand. This new version simplifies the film and makes it much easier to understand and follow. It is also funnier, too. That's the most important thing. (I always considered the film primarily a comedy.)
I want to give a shout-out to some of the performers in the film. The lovely Rebecca Mader, who made her feature film debut with us, went on to become a regular on the series "Lost" and starred in films like "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats." Chance Kelly, who I believe had his first real featured role with us, went on to become a regular on the HBO mini-series "Generation Kill" and the series "Fringe" and "House of Cards." Fisher Stevens even won an Academy Award as the producer of the documentary "The Cove." We definitely had some great people!
Here are director Lee Bonner, producer David Butler and myself at the question and answer session following the film at the festival. (I'm the fat guy.)
Here's the trailer: Do You See What I See?