|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Guilherme Scarabelot, Sylvia Sakellaridis, Carlina Chacon, Rachel Taylor, Matt Denoto|
|Crew: ||Producers: Aaron Keene, Sara Burke - Screenwriters: Aaron Keene
Panopticon is about a man with a sunlight allergy that isolates him from the outside world. Living in a beachside town, he is surrounded by spoils he cannot partake in. Desperate for connection, he hacks into webcams to take part in the lives of others.
Aaron Keene is a writer and director who has been a pro snowboarder, a repo-man, a bellman at snooty hotels, and a private investigator. Now he’s a copywriter at a Venice Beach ad agency. He has a lot of strange insights and bizarre quirks from many years of odd jobs that inevitably find their way into his work. He’s lived a unique life that feeds unique story-telling.
My intent is to speak truths in a universal language that anyone can understand regardless of background, education or race.
To tell stories so well that they are as much of a necessity as food.
I want to subtly and unconsciously wash over the audience with layers of cultural values, idealistic aspirations, the transformation of the everyday into the heroic and the mythic, the redemption of past mistakes, the finding of love, the losing of love, the acknowledgement of our hidden desires and secret pain – the discovery of the meaning of our lives. I want to examine what makes people in the world so different, while also discovering what makes us all the same.
I believe that, in this world, there is a need to experience meaningful, life-enriching stories unfolding on the screen.
Cinema is a currency of intellectual debate.
Sometimes it pits us against each other, and sometimes it forces us to struggle within ourselves. But no matter which side comes out on top, it is undeniable that film is not just celluloid or pixels.
Film is us, and we are film.
The best movies help audiences rethink their place in the world, and that’s what I aim to do. I want to delight, confound, and amaze audiences. I want to make a group of strangers sitting in a small dark room feel deep emotions together. I want to connect the personal, the local, and the political. I want to expand people’s realities. I want to expand your reality.