All Films • Short Films, 27-Apr-2022
A young man with vision problems deals with his caustic friends and a bizarrely ominous influence. “Eyeballs,” directed by Cooper Herzog Olson, is an experimental oddity, a stream-of-consciousness DIY tone poem about learning to see, but not too much. Wandering around a small beach town, Dennis encounters a man holding an axe who instructs him to see a doctor for his eye issues. So begins a series of odd encounters with friends and strangers, some of whom are actively hostile, and others who just want Dennis to chill. But the young man is stuck in a distraught daze, that is, until a trip to the eye doctor sets him on a new course. Lifted by an expressive, melancholic synth score, the film could be seen as a metaphor for youth in its lack of clarity or coherence, or as a origin story for a wannabe filmmaker hoping to establish their “vision.” -KA. Directed by Cooper Herzog Olson. Starring Dennis Leupen, Tas Pelikan, Luke Garner, Sam Fisher, Savannah Huerta-Bailey, and Ethan Sperber as Themselves.
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