In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will put it all on the line for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost.
Determined to make it in Hollywood, aspiring actress Sarah Walker (Alexandra Essoe) spends her days working a dead-end job under the watchful eye of her patronizing boss, Carl (Pat Healy), enduring petty friendships with other struggling artists and competing actors (Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey and Natalie Castillo) and going on countless casting calls in the hopes of finally catching her big break.
After a series of strange auditions with a mysterious casting duo (Marc Senter & Maria Olsen) from famed production company Astraeus Pictures, Sarah finally lands the leading role in their newest film. The producer (Lou Deszeran) thinks she has a bright future ahead of her, but this coveted opportunity comes with bizarre ramifications that will transform Sarah both mentally and physically into something beautiful and terrifying.
From Travis Stevens, the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer's Starry Eyes is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true price of fame.
Parallactic Pictures is the writing and directing duo of award winning filmmakers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. Formed in 2003, Parallactic Pictures came out of the gate with the back-to-back production of two feature-length projects: a highly popular documentary on bestselling writer Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) and a dark kidnapping mystery entitled Absence. The projects share a common bond in that Absence was shot on a shoestring budget (under $30,000) with revenue earned from sales of the documentary.
Utilizing this fast and flexible DIY approach to filmmaking, Parallactic Pictures spent the next few years shooting short films, commercials, music videos and festival bumpers. In 2011, as Absence played to VOD audiences across the country, their short film Curtain placed at a number of prestigious film festivals including Fantastic Fest, Cinequest and Telluride.
The team's newest feature film, Starry Eyes, for Snowfort Pictures and Dark Sky Films, had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and was released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD by MPI Media in 2015.
Snowfort Pictures is a boutique production company specializing in the development, financing, production and sales of commercial genre films. It was founded by film development and sales exec Travis Stevens in 2010.
The company's first production was Adam Wingard's A Horrible Way To Die which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up for theatrical distribution by Anchor Bay Films.
Other Snowfort productions include Adam Wingard's What Fun We Were Having: 4 Stories About Date Rape that premiered at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival, the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival entry All In All, The Butcher Brothers' The Thompsons (an international co-production with Lionsgate UK), Frank Pavich's Jodorowsky's Dune (an international co-production with Koch Media in Germany and Camera One in France), the 2012 SXSW hit The Aggression Scale from director Steven C. Miller (Anchor Bay), Cheap Thrills (SXSW 2013) and Big Ass Spider! from director Mike Mendez (SXSW 2013).
Adam Bricker is a cinematographer living, working, and playing rec league basketball in Los Angeles. Born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey, Adam is a graduate of the University of Southern California. His narrative credits include two SXSW Film 2014 selections – Dog Food (2014) starring Amanda Seyfried and Cory Michael Smith and Starry Eyes (2014) starring Alexandra Essoe.