And They Will Gouge Out Your Eyes

A young woman lives two different lives: an unassuming girl during the day and a seductive webcam girl at night. She's tried to keep her identities separate, but tonight might be when they finally come clashing together.

  • Veronica Ortiz
  • Ricardo Varona
  • Veronica Ortiz
  • Ricardo Varona
  • Juan Alvarez
  • Mariangelie Velez
    Key Cast
  • Cristhian Fraguada
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Y te sacarán los ojos
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Suspense, Experimental, Horror
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Puerto Rico
  • Country of Filming:
    Puerto Rico
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic Raw
  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Veronica Ortiz, Ricardo Varona

Verónica Ortiz-Calderón graduated Notre Dame High School in 2012 and was trained from an early age in vocal performance at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico. Her love for art then moved on to the cinematic and she is currently finishing her Television, Radio, and Film communications undergraduate degree at the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, NY.

In 2015, Verónica won the Horizon Award for young female directors for her short film And You Don’t Like Yourself Anymore. The Horizon Award included a cash grant and mentorship program at the Sundance Film Festival alongside top independent movie producers and other industry heavy-hitters. Verónica attended the Cannes Film Festival last May where her short film was featured as part of the Filmmaker's Showcase through The Creative Minds Group. Her experience at Cannes also included working an internship program with Lotus Entertainment.

Syracuse University's Renee Crown Honors Program awarded Verónica with the Crown-Wise Award, a monetary award created to cover the expenses of students' capstone projects. This was the funding used for her capstone film "And They Will Gouge Out Your Eyes."

Verónica was recently named Newhouse Scholar and Syracuse University Scholar, the highest undergraduate achievement bestowed by the university.

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Director Statement

"And They Will Gouge Out Your Eyes" is a semi-experimental short film about the consequences of online voyeurism. In it we follow the story of Helena, a young woman who faces the aftermath of exposing herself in webcam shows, when her date recognizes her from her online show. The film explores the relationship between sexuality and technology and the effects of this present day dichotomy on young men and women in the context of urban Puerto Rico.