With Tomer Shushan, on His Oscar-Qualified WHITE EYE, Winner of SXSW


We talked with Tomer Shushan, writer and director of 2020 SXSW’s best narrative short film, WHITE EYE. The film is in consideration for Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Short Film (Live Action). A tense and suspenseful movie, WHITE EYE is shot in one long take and portrays race and class inequalities in Israel. It was nominated for Bridging the Borders Award in 2020 Palm Spring International ShortFest.

“This topical film has screened at over 70 film festivals, including 22 Oscar-qualifying. This Live-Action short has won numerous accolades including the Oscar-qualifying Best Narrative Short Award at SXSW Film Festival. White Eye was nominated for a 2020 Ophir Award.

A man finds his stolen bicycle and it now belongs to a stranger. In his attempts to retrieve the bicycle, he struggles to remain human.” (London Flair PR)

In this talk, Mr. Shushan discusses his creative choices and strategies, from screenwriting to cinematography, sound, editing, production design, as well as finding and working with actors. He also talks about how he financed and distributed his film as well as his feature debut, BETWEEN THE SAND GRAINS.

“Director Tomer Shushan is a writer and film director from Israel whose 2017 short film Inside Shells screened in FIPA, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival and many others. White Eye is his second short, which went on to win the Oscar-qualifying Award at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and 2020 Urbanworld Film Festival.  Tomer is currently developing an Israeli TV series Torso and his first feature film Between The Sand Grains.” (London Flair PR)


About Author

Hamidreza Nassiri

Nassiri started filmmaking when he was 19 with a short film called, White Black. Before getting his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, he made his second film, An Unforgettable Poem. After graduation, he entered the University of Tehran’s master’s program in Cinema and made several short films, including his master’s thesis film, Daylight News, which premiered in the US in May 2014. He then left Iran to continue his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has also taught film production, film studies, and public speaking courses. The winner of several scholarship and teaching awards, he’s currently a PhD candidate in Film Studies. He has presented several papers at prestigious conferences such as SCMS, SCSMI, and MaMI and has been invited to several events to give lectures and Q&As. He received the Public Humanities’ HEX Award in 2018. He has just finished the post-production of his new English-language short film, Immortal. Hamidreza founded the Wisconsin Iranian Film Festival in 2017 and has directed and programmed the festival for the past two years.

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