Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click.
“Before you lock the program you should see this stunning film I just saw at Full Frame. It’s called EARS OPEN, EYEBALLS CLICK. Cinema vérité about Marine boot camp. Part James Benning, part wildlife film, intense and brutal and gorgeous. After 4 years in the Navy he now works as a barber. A find, I think.”
—Email from Peter Friedman, codirector,
MANA: BEYOND BELIEF
“Semper Fi and black ’neath the eyes, this is what little soldiers are made of. Head off to boot camp in big, bold widescreen and don’t piss off your sergeant. Director Canaan Brumley has an unsentimental eye for how we turn mere men into Marines and an artistic commitment to economy, intensity and access.”
—Full Frame Documentary Film Festival