Eye~Spy is an experimental short film written and directed by Alexandra Mendes. An home~made, no~budget production. An experimentation with various machines that surround our everyday life: a handy cam, a living room tv, a video home system, a digital photo camera, a mini disc and a personal computer. The result is a layered visual display of information. An attempt to distract you as well as to gain your attention. You'll sit and watch to a break of time, space and memory. You'll be dared to follow a structure that's already corrupted from the beginning. Entering a voyeuristic journey captured by the lenses, seduced by the voice of your own conscience. "And what do you do? You sit and watch."

// Info //
Eye~Spy / Experimental / 2003 / Portugal / 3’50” / Color / En

// Synopsis //
A pixel as a perfectly square dot.
A body as a perfect place.
A sign as a direction.
A machine as God.
A tv as a meeting point.
She's on auto-pilot...

// Credits //
Creative Direction / Alexandra Mendes
Direction / Alexandra Mendes + Helena Silva
Script / Alexandra Mendes
Actress / Pauline Cailliau
Voice-off / Alexandra Mendes
Music / Boards of Canada [Warp Records]
Design / Alexandra Mendes

// Film Festivals Screenings //
2003 / Dot Mov ~ Shift Digital Film Festival / Japan
2003 / Ovarvideo ~ National Video Festival / Portugal
2003 / Fike ~ International Short Film Festival / Portugal
2004 / Fest ~ New Directors, New Films Festival / Portugal ~ Prize for Best Experimental Video
2004 / Festival Némo #6 ~ Images Expérimentales Internacionales / France
2004 / Marché du Film ~ Cannes Short Film Corner / France
2004 / Portuguese Video Showcase ~ Videoteca Municipal de Lisboa / Portugal
2004 / Curtas Vila do Conde ~ International Short Film Festival / Portugal
2004 / Backup Festival ~ New Media in Film / Germany
2004 / Imago ~ Cinema & Video International Film Festival / Portugal
2004 / Interfilm Berlin ~ International Short Film Festival / Germany
2004 / Art Non Stop ~ International Arts Showcase / Portugal
2005 / Marché du Film Court ~ Clermont-Ferrand / France
2005 / Fantasporto ~ Oporto International Film Festival / Portugal
2005 / Macao International Arts Festival / Macao
2005 / Festival Némo #7 ~ Images Expérimentales Internacionales / France
2005 / Caminhos do Cinema Português XII / Portugal
2005 / Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Realizadores de Granada / Spain
2005 / Portuguese Short Film Showcase ~ Videoteca Municipal de Lisboa / Portugal
2005 / Timeline ~ Bienal de Vila Nova de Cerveira / Portugal
2005 / Videolisboa ~ Lisbon International Video Festival / Portugal
2005 / Tinklai ~ International Short Film Festival / Lithuania
2005 / Invideo ~ Exhibition of Video Art and Cinema Beyond / Italy
2005 / Up And Coming ~ International Film Festival / Germany
2006 / ISFF Lille ~ Festival International du Court-Métrage / France
2006 / Videoroom ~ Art Trails ~ Brighton Fringe Festival / UK
2006 / Portuguese Festival ~ Festival Internacional de Artes e Cultura Portuguesa / Spain
2007 / Ollin Kan Festival ~ Festival Internacional de las Culturas en Resistencia Tlalpan / Mexico

// Award //
Best Experimental Video
Fest ~ New Directors, New Films Festival / 2004

// Eye~Spy Extended //
Screening @ Bazaar / Porto / Portugal / 2004
The director's cut edition of Eye~Spy consists on very rapid moving images of extra footage especially put together by Alexandra Mendes for a video screening at Bazaar Bar Gallery.

// Promotion //
Agência ~ Portuguese Short Film Agency
curtas.pt/agencia

// Eye~Spy System Parameters //
Essay written by Alexandra Mendes on #Consciousness #Voyeurism #MassMedium #PrivateVsPublic
bit.ly/system-parameters

// Eye~Spy Project Overview //
Behance Network bit.ly/eye-spy

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