Art and Science intertwine in the adept hands of Ocularist Fredric Harwin, a medical illustrator who unites the dexterity of a skilled craftsman with an artist’s textural caress in his unique creations: custom acrylic eyes so vibrantly alive it seems a cruel twist of fate that they are unable to see.Yet,for Harwin’s patients, it’s the renewed confidence to be seen that fills their catastrophic void.
This eight-minute short illuminates the process of Harwin’s intricate craftsmanship. By using the camera to manipulate the viewer’s visual experience, director/editor Vance Malone subtly illustrates the theme of altered eyesight. Vocal tracks are innovatively weaved with the original soundtrack, blurring the line between documentary and music video. Fred Harwin’s art truly imitates life. Imperfect only in comparison to Mother Nature’s, his hauntingly sightless eyes transform faces, outlooks, and lives.
Special Jury Recognition, Sundance Film Festival.