Afresh with the smell of gunpowder following the explosive success of her World War II-themed short film The Last Bogatyr, local filmmaker Sarah Lotfi is aiming cannons again with her current project, Waking Eyes.
According to Lotfi, Waking Eyes “is a film about a woman in a coma [that] explores the overlap between fantasy and reality." Much like The Last Bogatyr, Waking Eyes is a “surrealist film that is out of time ... so much of what is going on in events in the real world are re-translated through one woman's fanciful imaginations.”
Lotfi, a senior at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, says in some ways Waking Eyes "might even be better than The Last Bogatyr," a film whose resume includes a nomination for the national Student Academy Awards, a win for “Best Period Drama” at the eighth annual International Student Film Festival in Hollywood, and a Student Award in the U.S. International Film and Video Festival.
And one more thing: The Last Bogatyr just recently got its own page (and a rating of 9.2 out of 10) at IMDB.
Lotfi is prepping to distribute the film to festivals, with the help of a KickStarter infusion of $1,200. But she still needs about $1,000 more for festival-related expenses. So Lotfi's planning a local fundraising party, open to the community, where she'll screen the film, potentially with some cast and crew in attendance. It's tentatively scheduled for mid- to late July, and subsequent updates will be posted on the Waking Eyes website.
That screening will be the last before the film is sent into the festival circuit.