The Tribeca Film Festival is bringing filmmakers to the small screen with “The Eyeslicer,” a variety show of sorts featuring short films collected and commission from today’s diverse new generation of filmmakers.
This collection of works from the up-and-coming auteurs, include a variety filmmakers known for their creative work on film and TV, including the inventive David Lowery, director of “Pete’s Dragon” and critical favorite “A Ghost Story” and actress/director Amy Seimetz, creator of the Starz anthology series, “The Girlfriend Experience” (who is also set to appear in the upcoming “Alien: Covenant”).
The series features up to 55 shorts from filmmakers at all stages in their careers, categorized into 10 hour-long episodes. “The Eyeslicer” is created by Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell (“collective:unconcious”), who ran a successful Kickstarter for the project last year. Both veterans of the independent film scene, the community is not unfamiliar to them.
With a goal to bring film in all its weirdest forms under one roof, Schoenbrun and McDonnell maintained in a statement that “’The Eyeslicer’ is a ten-hour, ten-episode love letter to this community, and our first step towards building a sustainable home on the small screen for them.” At a time when smaller films get pushed to wayside, “The Eyeslicer” is one small attempt at pushing this kind of under-appreciated work forward.
The second episode of “The Eyeslicer,” titled “Episode 2: Facial Reconstruction,” features shorts by Jillian Mayer, Lauren Wolkstein, Shaka King, Erin Vassilopoulos, Ornana, Yen Tan, and Leah Shore. It premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival April 28 at 9:00 p.m., accompanied with a panel discussion. Check out the teaser below.