Private Project

Lemon Eyes

Detroit, 1928: When disputes in a loveless marriage escalate, a young medical student prescribes a solution with questionable side effects.

  • Chelsey Raegen Knapp
    Director
  • Jaclyn Wells, Shaun O'Malley, Sarah Manasseri, Eric Hoshaw
    Key Cast
  • Chelsey Raegen Knapp
    Writer
  • Matthew Peach, Mike Madigan, Chelsey Raegen Knapp
    Producer
  • Jonathan Mazzei
    Music
  • Samantha Sawnick
    Music
  • Samantha Burns
    Music
  • Matthew Peach
    Cinematography
  • Chelsey Raegen Knapp
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Suspense, Drama
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • North-By-Midwest Microbudget Film Festival
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    United States
    March 4, 2017
    World Premiere
    Third Place Short Feature
  • 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival
    Palm Bay, Florida
    United States
    April 29, 2017
    Florida Premiere
    Best Director
  • WorldFest-Houston Film Festival
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    April 30, 2017
    Bronze
  • Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival

    June 30, 2017
    Best Editor
  • Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
    Hamtramck, Michigan
    United States
    July 8, 2017
    Official Selection
  • LA Cinefest
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 11, 2017
    Semi-Finalist
  • Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
    Niagara Falls, New York
    United States
    September 23, 2017
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Erie International Film Festival
    Erie, PA
    United States
    December 16, 2017
    Runner-Up Audience Award
  • Canada Shorts Film Festival
    Saint John, NB
    Canada
    December 9, 2017
    Merit Award
  • Webdance Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 31, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Threadbare Mitten Film Festival
    Charlotte, Michigan
    United States
    June 23, 2018
    Michigan Masterpiece Audience Choice Award
  • WNY FAME
    Batavia
    United States
    August 12, 2018
    Nominee: New Voice Award
  • Sunrise 45 Film Festival
    Alpena, Michigan
    United States
    August 18, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Vagabond Film Festival
    Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
    United Kingdom
    July 26, 2018
    United Kingdom Premiere
    Official Selection
  • I See You Film Awards
    Royal Oak, MI
    United States
    August 23, 2018
    Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress
  • Catskill International Film Festival
    Woodbourne, NY
    United States
    September 9, 2018
    Best Director
  • Detroit Shetown Film Festival
    Detroit
    United States
    September 22, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Hills Film Awards
    LA
    United States
    September 15, 2018
    Best Drama
  • Violette Film Festival
    Merced, California
    United States
    September 15, 2018
    West Coast Premiere
    Best Cinematography
  • Soo Film Festival
    Sault Ste Marie
    United States
    September 16, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Disappear Here Ballyliffin Film Festival
    Ballyliffin
    Ireland
    August 30, 2018
    Ireland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Psychedelic Film and Music Festival
    New York City
    United States
    October 6, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Planet 9 Film Festival
    Hamtramck, Michigan
    United States
    October 19, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Open World Toronto Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 20, 2018
    Canada Premiere
    Award Nominee
  • CKF International Film Festival
    Swindon, Wiltshire
    United Kingdom
    November 23, 2018
    MAY 2018 WINNER 2nd Place Best Film
  • BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST Chicago
    Chicago
    United States
    November 9, 2018
    Award Nominee
  • Indie Best Films Festival
    Santa Monica
    United States
    August 29, 2018
  • CITYFLIX International Film Festival Toronto
    Toronto
    Canada
    November 23, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Mindfield Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 19, 2019
    Best Drama - Platinum
  • Hollywood South Urban Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    October 21, 2018
    Official Selection
Director - Chelsey Raegen Knapp
Director Statement

Lemon Eyes started as a summer writing opportunity and quickly grew to become an invigorating milestone of a project. When we decided to set the film in the 1920s despite our micro-budget, the amount of heart and tenacity that went into the project skyrocketed. We were all thriving off of the challenge and the energy on set was unlike anything I have ever experienced. The cast and crew went to amazing lengths to ensure it was authentic to the 20s, putting in months of pre-production to ensure the props, wardrobe, and music were true to the era. It was filmed at the historic 1898-Built Bernard Ginsburg House in Detroit, MI and The Oakland Art Novelty Company, a speakeasy in Ferndale, MI. In its select screenings so far, Lemon Eyes has sparked an array of unique audience interpretations and thought-provoking conversations. My intent is for people to leave the film reflecting on the past, present, and future of female experiences.

Chels Raegen Knapp, Writer / Director / Editor