The Evil Eyes

Bobby Abate

2011 | 00:19:28 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Blu-ray, Death and Dying, Family, LGBTQ, Magic, Sexuality, Television, Youth/Childhood

An homage to the death of the soap opera, The Evil Eyes is a 1960's era story of a grandmother faced with her mortality, a mother in mid-life crisis, and a son realizing his sexuality - a dysfunctional family whose unspoken angst manifests in the latest episode of their beloved supernatural soap opera, Before Dawn.

Tina Sloan, 26-year veteran of Guiding Light, stars as the soap's the death-cursed matriarch whose daughter slowly vanishes into thin air and grandson channels the family's fate using his crystal ball. On the other side of the screen, a woman is so desperate for her family's attention she figures the only way to get it is to be on television.

Cinematographer Bradford Young evokes a dreamlike atmosphere using monochromatic studio cameras of the era. Filming took place at St. Cecilia's Convent in Brooklyn, New York. In contrast, the colorful 1960's living room was shot separately in high definition on location in suburban New Jersey.

Written and Directed by Bobby Abate.  Produced by Bobby Abate and Ben Howe.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

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Prizes + Awards

Ann Arbor Film Festival, \aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film, 2012                                                                     


49th New York Film Festival, Views from the Avante-Garde
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2012

Athens International Film/Video Festival, Athens, OH, 2012

San Francisco Cinematheque