My Eyes Are Open

His love is obsessive. His reality is delusional. This is the life of someone who has isolated himself from the world and trying to get over the 'love of his life', a woman he met online, lives in Belarus and may not even know he exists. As his efforts to do this increases, the further removed from reality and detached from his own self he becomes until he takes drastic actions first to be close to then rid of her.
Filmed in 2017 (completed 2023)

  • M. W.E. Payne
  • M. W.E. Payne
  • M. W.E. Payne
    Key Cast
    "Jonah Butler"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - M. W.E. Payne

Born in London, always had a love for filmmaking however, not having the money for arts schools, this was something that was something that was never pursued. Anxiety prevented a career in acting, dyslexia - a career as a writer but, saved money from work as a prisoner officer, then police officer, to start making short films. Ambition to make films about historical Black figures such as Patrice Lumumba, Frederick Douglass, and W. E. B. Du Bois, as well as give voice to current issues of the diaspora and those at home alike.

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