Pat Healy has “STARRY EYES”
Newly funded on Kickstarter, a film about ugly, monstrous fame from directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch has attracted the genre-friendly great talent, Pat Healy (THE INNKEEPERS, COMPLIANCE).
STARRY EYES, which reached its funding goal just this weekend, is being described—in a manner directly up my alley—as “an occult tale of paranoia and possession that explores themes of transformation, body horror and a woman going through a psychotic breakdown.” It’s the story of “Sarah Walker, a determined and desperate actor who would do anything to land her first big role. Unfortunately this leaves her prey to a satanic cult who has been operating as Hollywood’s gatekeepers since the Golden Age. They have the power to make her a star, but it comes at a terrible price.”
STARRY EYES and its campaign has garnered a great deal of attention on Twitter from its pedigree (to-be-produced by Travis Stevens, who recently saw the Healy-starring CHEAP THRILLS become the breakout of SXSW’s midnighters), to its rewards which include acknowledgments from author Chuck Palahniuck and an amazing poster from frequent Mondo collaborator Jay Shaw (who also did our neato eyeball header above!) to its heart sounding directly in the right place. Frenzied, paranoid, cult-centric horror stories are a favorite of mine, and I imagine, many of yours.
For more on STARRY EYES, find its pitch above and Shaw-illustrated poster below. If you’d still like to help out, the Kickstarter is here.