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Third Eye Film Festival 2019

Third Eye Film Festival 2019

March 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: March 29, 30, and 31, 2019

Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project is pleased to host the Third Eye Film Festival, providing a new platform for films that delve into spiritual and supernatural realms.

Founded by RISD alumnae perpetually in pursuit of the unknown, Third Eye Film Festival (TEFF) connects an international community of visionary filmmakers who explore ‘otherworldly’ stories. For a complete schedule click here.

TEFF is proud to amplify the voices of marginalized artists. The official selection of TEFF 2019 celebrates filmmakers whose concepts live at the frontiers of innovation and revolution. Twenty-four of the 29 films in the Festival are made by women directors or cinematographers—more than 80% of the program!

Other novelties in store for the 3rd Third Eye Film Festival include:

  • Third Eye’s first-ever screening of a feature: Joe Badon’s freshman film, the hypnotizing bizarro-horror The God Inside My Ear. Created in New Orleans on a shoestring budget of $8,000, it is described in Scream Magazine as “Repulsion by way of David Lynch and Luis Buñuel.” Jump down the rabbit hole on Sunday, March 31st to watch the mystery unfold.
  • Five new films by Third Eye filmmakers from previous years.
  • Music videos in each film block! Including a dream-pop space love story in South Australian caves, a Norwegian blackmetal cover of Bad Blood by Taylor Swift, and more.
  • Short film highlights include: A neon-colored Swedish teen vampire murder mystery (Blood Sisters), a first-person POV fantastical journey of a neurotic stoner struggling to get over her ex-girlfriend (Terminally in Love), an Iranian woman’s rebellion against society at her father’s funeral (TAAROF), an impatient 16-year-old performing a ritual to summon her first period (Bloody Hell), and much more!


Festival Directors Darian Brenner and Namrata Desai

Darian is a producer and cinematographer from Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. After receiving a BFA in Film and Animation from Rhode Island School of Design, she has worked on a host of films and commercials in fine art, fashion, medical, and horror genres. Her work has been displayed on Times Square’s Nasdaq Tower, and her clients include Patricia Field, Nicola Formichetti, Dover Street Market, and Burness, among many others. In her free time, she creates a popular webcomic called Vampire High School. Darian currently lives in New Orleans.

Namrata was born in Mumbai, India, and grew up in northern New Jersey. She is an internationally screened filmmaker and artist, currently living in Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Subsequently she was awarded the Creative Impact Scholarship to study in Dublin, Ireland, where she received a Master of Arts in Creative Process. She currently designs for a major international sports organization in Dublin.

Empowering Female Filmmakers

Third Eye Film Festival strives to elevate the work of all women filmmakers who work in spiritual, fantasy, and horror genres. Through the Female Eye category, TEFF offers discounted submission fees for films made by female directors and cinematographers to encourage their participation. TEFF is proud of its goal to break stigmas and highlight powerful female-driven content, ultimately opening doors to social change.

Identifying Spirituality in Genre Filmmaking

Third Eye Film Festival supports and encourages unconventional storytelling through its unique

Spiritual category. This category provides a home for genre-fluid films about humanity, the intangible, and what lies beyond. These complex concepts also naturally lend themselves to filmmaking techniques that are dreamlike, performative, or otherwise experimental. TEFF proudly celebrates the marriage of art and personal truths.

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