Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sarah Lotfi's world

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM

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.

Waking Eyes
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  • Waking Eyes: With any luck, it'll be dressed for success at film festivals this summer.

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.

The Last Bogatyr, now on IMDB: Thats a big thing, kinda like a Ring Pop without the stickiness, but with all the post-lick, pre-bite, shimmering glory.
  • The Last Bogatyr, now on IMDB: That's a "big" thing, kinda like a Ring Pop without the stickiness, but with all the post-lick, pre-bite, shimmering glory.

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.

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