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SYNOPSIS

TWO EYES IS A CINEMATIC TRIPTYCH SET IN THREE DISTINCT TIME PERIODS

In 1868 Montana, a painter seeking inspiration for his art explores the landscape with his Native American guide and finds his conceptions of himself and the world around him challenged. In 1979 California, the mundane existence of a questioning youth is given a shot of adrenaline by the arrival of a new exchange student who envelopes them both with her lust for life. And, in 2023 Wyoming, a trans teenager works through his self-destructive feelings with his perceptive, nonbinary trans therapist.

The three seemingly unrelated storylines are ultimately interwoven into a single, powerful narrative that reveals the profound and eternal connection between all of the main characters.

CAST

SAMUEL JAXIN ENEMY-HUNTER

POOPAHTE

Samuel Jaxin Enemy-Hunter is a member of the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation and born into the Greasy Mouth Clan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan. He was raised in the traditional roles of a Biite (Two-Spirit) within his tribe. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Creative Writing (Non-fiction and Poetry) and Native American Studies. He also graduated from Little Big Horn College with a degree in Crow Indian History and Language. He is an a member of Leadership Montana and the Leadership Montana Indigenous Immersion Initiative.

Samuel is a Living Treasure Beadwork Artist, Multidisciplinary Artist, Performance Artist, Actor, Model, Choreographer, Cultural Consultant, Crow Language Consultant, Costume Designer and Fashion Designer. He has worked on various stage plays, TV series and movie productions as an actor, crew member and stage manager.

Samuel is also the first person in history to wear a ceremonial headdress into the Supreme Court during a case argument, which is the same headdress worn in TWO EYES. He is an activist for Native American Treaty Rights and a trailblazer for the LGBT+ and Two-Spirit communities. The pride in his tradition, culture and tribe can be seen through the love and sincerity of every project that he is involved with.

KIOWA GORDON

JACEY

Kiowa Gordon is a prolific Native American actor with award winning film and television credits. He can currently be seen playing the Series Regular role of “Jim Chee” in the critically acclaimed series DARK WINDS for AMC, based on the book series from Tom Hillerman, and produced by George R. R. Martin and Robert Redford, now in its second season.

Born in Berlin, Germany, Kiowa moved to the States shortly thereafter to live on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Peach Springs, AZ and moved around quite a bit growing up until settling down in Phoenix, AZ where he landed the role of Embry Call in THE TWILIGHT SAGA. In 2013, Kiowa won Best Supporting Actor at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco for his role in the indie film, THE LESSER BLESSED. From there, Kiowa went on to having a Series Regular role in the Sundance original series, THE RED ROAD, starring Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson and Martin Henderson and a guest star on the Netflix series FRONTIER.

Kiowa has had Lead roles in a number of festival films including two features which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival – BLOOD QUANTUM (multiple festival nom and winner) from director Jeff Barnaby and CASTLE IN THE GROUND (TIFF nominated for best Canadian feature) from director Joey Klein. And more recently, QUANTUM COWBOYS opposite Lily Gladstone & David Arquette, which received multiple festival nominations.

Television appearances include the Netflix comedy LADY DYNAMITE, recurring on the CW series ROSWELL, a cameo in Taika Waititi’s RESERVATION DOGS (FX), and a major guest star in the anthology series ACCUSED (Fox) from Emmy Award- winning producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), now streaming on Hulu & Fox.

BENJAMIN RIBGY

DIHLON

Benjamin Rigby holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from USQ (2009) and has appeared in independent film and theatre projects both in Australia and internationally. Some credits include NEIGHBOURS, MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES, THAT’S NOT ME, ABIGAIL’S PARTY for Melbourne Theatre Company, Academy Award Nominated LION, and Ridley Scott’s ALIEN:COVENANT. He appears in Oscar winning FORD V FERRARI, Travis Fine’s TWO EYES, Ryan Murphy’s RATCHED for Netflix, and GODZILLA VS KONG.

As a filmmaker, Ben wrote, produced and starred in the short film BRIDGE which premiered at Palm Springs International Shortsfest, and went on to screen at Maryland Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival & was awarded a Vimeo staff pick. He co-wrote, produced and starred in the short film WE’RE NOT HERE, which was executive produced by Academy Award nominated writer John Logan. WE’RE NOT HERE had its world premiere at Outfest L.A, 2019, and has gone on to screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2020 among others. His directorial debut IT’LL BE OVER SOON premiered at Outfest and went on to play various festivals locally and internationally.

RYAN CASSATA

JALIN

Ryan Cassata is a multi-talented artist signed to Kill Rock Stars. As an award winning singer-songwriter, actor, performer, published writer, LGBTQ+ activist, and transgender motivational speaker, Ryan’s music and story has been showcased on prestigious platforms, including The Larry King Live Show, The Tyra Banks Show, CNN, GRAMMY.com, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The NY Daily News.

Ryan Cassata has built an impressive musical career with a remarkable track record of hundreds of national and international performances. He has released seven critically-acclaimed musical albums of original music. Notably, Ryan made history as the first openly trans performer at the Vans Warped Tour and has graced renowned stages such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Global Pride, and SXSW. The Advocate Magazine hailed him as a “Transgender singing sensation,” while Paper Magazine included him on their list of “50 LGBTQ Musicians You Should Prioritize.” LOGO’s New Now Next recognized Ryan as one of the “9 Trans Musicians You Need To Get Into.” Acknowledging his impact, Billboard Magazine referred to him as a “true force in the industry.” They also featured him on their list of “11 Transgender & Non-Binary Musicians You Need to Know,” and premiered his award-winning music video “Daughter,” which has amassed over 2 million views on YouTube and 2.8 million streams on Spotify. Ryan’s music has been played on Sirius XM Radio and BBC Radio 4, reaching listeners worldwide. In 2019, he proudly received The ASCAP Foundation’s Mariana and Paul Williams “Sunlight of the Spirit” songwriting award for his original composition, “Jupiter.” His 2021 self-written and self produced album, Magic Miracle Mile charted on the iTunes Alternative Charts.

Ryan has been at the forefront of the transgender liberation movement since his early teens, appearing on the Larry King Live Show at 15 years old, the Tyra Banks Show at 17 years old, and speaking at schools and conferences to educate people on the importance of diversity and equality. With a Masters of Art in Social Transformation (MAST) from the Pacific School of Religion, Ryan was honored with the prestigious 2023 Marcella Althaus- Reid Award for his efforts in queering theology and his work thus far for the Transgender Liberation Movement. Ryan’s journey as a transgender activist began at 13 when he joined the LGBT Network’s Safe Schools Team after being severely bullied in middle school. Since then, he has become an influential speaker, delivering impactful speeches and sharing his experiences at numerous Middle Schools, High Schools, and Universities nationwide. Notably, Ryan achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the youngest keynote speaker in the history of the Philadelphia Trans Health [Wellness] Conference. Ryan has shared his research and experience at esteemed institutions like Harvard University and the U.S. Capitol. His groundbreaking accomplishments have earned him recognition, including being the inaugural recipient of the Harvey Milk Memorial Award in 2011 from Bay Shore High School (Harvey Milk’s alma mater) and receiving a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the United States Congress in 2019. In June 2023, he was invited to The White House, where he engaged in a taped conversation with Admiral Rachel Levine, leaving a lasting impression on national platforms.

As an actor, Ryan was the focus of the award-winning documentary SONGS FOR ALEXIS, which Elvira Lind directed. Ryan Cassata stars as Jalin in the award-winning Travis Fine feature film TWO EYES. His original song “You & Me Babe” served as central music in the film and garnered him FilmOut’s Best Soundtrack award (2022). Ryan also starred in the short film COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS, which premiered at SXSW. Rolling Stone Magazine and The New York Times praised the short, highlighting Ryan’s noteworthy performance. The Victoria Independent Film Festival recognized his talent with the “Best Breakout Performance” award in 2016. Ryan’s artistic endeavors also extend to the realm of musical theater. He has been involved in various musicals, including a workshop production at New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar. Ryan has also ventured into modeling and influencer work with notable brands such as Nike, Lids, Bonobos, Lull, Lyft, Hollister Co., and HP. In 2019, Ryan proudly became the face of TomboyX’s Trans Pride Underwear line and modeled in The Style Section of The New York Times.

Ryan is passionate about spreading joy and empowering others, and is committed to educating the global community through his music and message. Ryan continues to share his inspiring message of hope and acceptance via his social media platforms and at nationwide venues.

KATE BORNSTEIN

ANDREA

Author, playwright, performance artist and actress Kate Bornstein is a trans icon whose pioneering books on the subject of nonbinary gender, GENDER OUTLAW and MY GENDER WORKBOOK are taught in six languages at hundreds of colleges around the world. Kate’s 2006 book, HELLO, CRUEL WORLD: 101 ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE FOR TEENS, FREAKS, AND OTHER OUTLAWS propelled them into an international position of advocacy for marginalized youth, earning two citations of honor from the New York City Council.

In the 1990’s, Kate’s was a regular in the downtown scene, helping to define the golden age of performance art. Over the next thirty years, they took their work on the road, writing, developing, and touring more than a dozen solo shows. Kate maintains an acting career, including their Broadway debut in the summer of 2018, and more recently appearing in a recurring role on NBC’s THE BLACKLIST.

ULY SCHLESINGER

GABRYAL

Uly Schlesinger is a standout actor that sets himself apart with his brave and intuitive performances, portraying an array of complex and powerful characters that continue to elevate the Rhode Island native as a breakout actor amongst his peers.

Most recently, Schlesinger was seen starring alongside Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, and Rainn Wilson in the 2022 drama- comedy JERRY AND MARGE GO LARGE. The film is based on the real-life story of a Michigan couple’s multimillion-dollar winning spree, who use the money to revive their small town. Schlesinger stars as ‘Tyler,’ the snarky Harvard mathematics student insistent on foiling the couple’s plans. The film premiered on Paramount+ in June 2022.

Schlesinger recently returned to his theater background in 2022 with the off-Broadway play THE BEAUTIFUL FUTURE. With rave reviews from The New York Times, Vulture, and LA Confidential, the show captures the experiences of two teenagers (Schlesinger and Francesca Carpanini) caught between the tensions of World War II and their mutual affection.

In 2021, Schlesinger was seen as the breakout star of the HBO Max series GENERATION. Produced by Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham, GENERATION is a dark yet playful half-hour dramedy following a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love, and the nature of family in their conservative community. Schlesinger plays ‘Nathan’ an 18-year-old jaded and innocent boy from a wealthy conservative Christian family, which is part of Orange County’s socio-political elite that fuels pressure on him to be the family’s successful golden boy and hide his sexuality. The show premiered on March 2021, on HBO Max.

On the silver screen, Schlesinger was seen in Travis Fine’s TWO EYES, which was the closing film at the Outfest Film Festival. Fine’s film speaks to the power of community, especially among LGBTQIA+ people. The film identifies a potential for growth that has existed through centuries and looks to the future with hope and a belief in our ability to heal.

Previously on the small screen, he recently guest starred on HBO Max’s dark comedy SEARCH PARTY as ‘Hunter.’ His other past credits include HBO’s DIVORCE starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, NBC’s CHICAGO MED starring Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, and Torrey DeVitto, and the CW anthology series TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES.

JESSICA ALLAIN

ALASEN

Jessica Allain will next be seen in the three-part Peacock mini- series THE CONTINENTAL, based on the JOHN WICK films. She can most recently be seen in the Legendary Films TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE for Netflix.

Prior to that, she was in Steven Soderbergh’s THE LAUNDROMAT for Netflix opposite Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, Deon Taylor’s DON’T FEAR, Adam Egypt Mortimer’s ARCHENEMY opposite Joe Manganiello and TWO EYES for award-winning director Travis Fine.

NAKHANE

THANDI

Nakhane is a South African singer, songwriter, actor and writer. Having grown up among a Christian community in Port Elizabeth, at 15 they moved to Johannesburg, leaving the church in 2013, publicly celebrating their queerness with their debut album Brave Confusion.

In 2015, Nakhane’s debut novel Piggy Boy’s Blues was published, set in their hometowns of Alice and Port Elizabeth and portraying a Xhosa royal family. It was nominated for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Fiction. They found both controversy and critical acclaim with their starring role in John Trengove’s 2017 feature film INXEBA (THE WOUND), which they won four acting awards for (FIPRESCI award for Best Actor in a foreign film, South African Film and Television Awards, Durban International Film Festival, Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove).

Nakhane relocated to London to record and release 2018’s heavily autobiographical album You Will Not Die. The album garnered acclaim and adoration from publications and platforms such as Pitchfork, The New York Times, The Observer, i-D, DIY, MOJO, Noisey, Loud & Quiet, The Line Of Best Fit and a plethora of others. Meanwhile simultaneously gaining adoration from world renowned superstars Madonna and Elton John.

In 2020, they appeared in award-winning writer/director Debbie Tucker Green’s latest feature project, EAR FOR EYE, based on debbie’s play of the same name. Nakhane is currently developing and writing a number of TV and film projects.

In July 2023, Nakhane launched their new single “Tell Me Your Politik” featuring Moonchild Sanelly and Nile Rodgers which was playlisted on BBC’s 6Music, as was their second single “Do You Well” featuring Perffume Genius. Nakhane’s new album “Bastard Jargon” was released in March 2023.

LILY GLADSTONE

ENOLA

Lily Gladstone won the Golden Globe and has been nominated for an Academy Award for her role of Mollie Burkhart in Martin Scorsese’s KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro. Lily’s breakout role in Kelly Reichardt’s CERTAIN WOMEN, earned her multiple nominations, including Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards and Best Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards. She was named Best Supporting Actress of 2016 by the Los Angeles Critics Film Association.

Lily’s recent films include starring turns in both Erica Tremblay’s FANCY DANCE, which premiered at Sundance, and Morissa Maltz’s THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY, which premiered at SXSW. Other film credits include; Geoff Marslett’s QUANTUM COWBOYS, reuniting with Reichardt in A24’s FIRST COW, Alex and Andrew Smith’s WINTER IN THE BLOOD and WALKING OUT, and the award-winning 2020 SXSW selected FREELAND.

Lily appears as ‘Hokti’ in Sterlin Harjo’s acclaimed FX series “Reservation Dogs” and will soon star in Samir Mehta and Quinn Shephard’s limited series “Under the Bridge” opposite Riley Keough for HULU. Other Television includes a recurring role on Showtime’s “Billions.”

Lily also comes from a theatre background, with credits including work at Yale Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Montana Repertory Theater, and New York’s The New Group. She was raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Northwestern Montana and is from the Blackfeet and Nez Perce Tribal Nations.

AMBER ROSE MASON

ZARA

Amber Rose Mason hails from the historic ghost town of Virginia City, Montana. A classically trained actress, Amber earned her BFA from the University of Montana. She started performing with a local professional summer stock theatre at the age of 10 and continued her love of theatre for 11 summers on that same stage. For 3 summers she performed at the “Brewery Follies,” a bawdy, risqué social and political commentary.

Amber spent 3 years in Los Angeles. Upon returning home to Montana and back to the theatre world, Amber joined AEA and the Montana Repertory Theatre on two National tours of The Great Gatsby and On Golden Pond, visiting over 35 different states.

Amber has been cast in a handful of ambitious independent films including Tony Stone’s Ted K, Butcher’s Crossing starring Nicholas Cage, and most recently Blood For Dust starring Scoot McNary and Kit Harrington.

Amber works on a large cattle ranch as her day job, starting colts and training horses. She has wrangled for several television shows, short films and features.

JOSHUA LEONARD

BRYCE

Filmmaker, actor, writer and producer, Joshua Leonard has made an indelible mark on independent film and television throughout his 25-year career. He first came onto the scene in 1999 as one of the stars of the lo-fi sensation, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, one of the most talked-about indie films of all time.

Leonard continues to work on projects that push the envelope, recently starring in Steven Soderbergh’s UNSANE, Rodrigo Garcia’s FOUR GOOD DAYS and Peter Hedges THE SAME STORM. He received rave reviews for his performance in Lynn Shelton’s Independent Spirit Award-winning HUMPDAY, co-starred opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in Warner Bros’ IF I STAY, and Vera Farmiga in her directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND. Leonard can also frequently be seen on TV shows like HBO’s True Detective and Togetherness, and A&E’s Bates Motel.

Leonard’s directorial debut, THE YOUTH IN US premiered at Sundance in ’05. Award-winning art doc, BEAUTIFUL LOSERS followed (SXSW ‘09). He made his narrative feature debut with THE LIE (Sundance ’11), a devilish morality tale adapted from a story by acclaimed author, T.C. Boyle, which Leonard co-wrote, directed, and starred in. His sophomore feature as director and writer, BEHOLD MY HEART, starred Marisa Tomei and Timothy Olyphant. In 2020, Leonard co-wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in the critically-acclaimed dramedy, FULLY REALIZED HUMANS (Tribeca ’21), and most recently, he completed filming on THE DROP, a dark comedy which he co-wrote and produced for Sony Pictures. Leonard also developed the one-hour TV series, Liberty with Emmy award-winning director, Cary Fukunaga.

Leonard has helmed music videos for popular acts such as Fitz and the Tantrums, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Harper Simon and Morcheeba, as well as teaching directing, writing and acting at The New York Film Academy, UC Irvine & Santa Barbara and Academia Internacional De Cinema in Brazil. He began his career working with documentarians and experimental filmmakers at Mystic Fire Video, where he worked on films with subjects ranging from famed beat poet Alan Ginsburg, the Dalai Lama and comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell.

FILMMAKERS

TRAVIS FINE

DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, EDITOR

The writer, producer, director and editor of award-winning independent films, Travis Fine does not shy away from challenging or provocative material. THE SPACE BETWEEN, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, took audiences on a cross country journey with a young Pakistani boy on September 11, 2001, as he desperately tries to determine the fate of his father. In the 1970s period drama ANY DAY NOW, starring Alan Cumming and Garrett Dillahunt, Fine explores the definition of family as two gay men attempt to adopt a young boy with Down Syndrome.

THE SPACE BETWEEN debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, received a Best Acting Award for Leo!s performance, was purchased by the USA NETWORK, and served as special programming for the network to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

ANY DAY NOW, shot by Academy Award nominee Rachel Morrison and edited by Academy Award winner Tom Cross, received over 20 Audience and Best Picture awards at film festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Outfest. The film was also recognized by the prestigious LGBTQ+ rights organization GLAAD with their 2013 Media Award for Best Film.

Improbably, after debuting on just one screen in Tokyo in April 2014, ANY DAY NOW became a cultural phenomenon in Japan, with long lines at the theaters, huge box office numbers, a one-plus-year theatrical run, and unprecedented media coverage for an indie film. ANY DAY NOW was remade in Korea, and in 2020 had its world premiere as a hit stage musical in Japan directed by world-renowned theatre director Amon Miyamoto. In 2023, the stage musical returned for a triumphant and sold out tour throughout Japan.

Travis’ latest film TWO EYES is a cinematic triptych which follows three main characters in three distinct time periods: 1868, 1979 and 2023. Exploring themes of gender, love, grief, and the power of art to transcend time, the seemingly unrelated narratives are ultimately interwoven into a single powerful storyline that reveals the deep and eternal connection between all three characters. TWO EYES had its world premiere as the closing night film at Outfest and was hailed by critics as “stunning” “awe inspiring”, and “This Is Us meets Brokeback Mountain”. In his review, critic Glenn Gaylord dubbed TWO EYES the best LGBTQ+ film of the year and wrote “Instant Classic. Glorious. Travis Fine is a very gifted filmmaker who screams love child of Terrence Malick and Kelly Reichhardt.” TWO EYES, which has played in and won numerous awards at over 20 film festivals around the world, further solidifies Travis Fine’s status as bold and visionary filmmaker.

Find out more about Travis at travisfine.com.

STEVEN KOZLOWSKI

PRODUCER & MUSIC SUPERVISOR

Steven Robert Kozlowski is a Florida attorney and the founding member of Kozlowski Law Firm, P.A., a Business, Intellectual Property and Litigation Law Firm with offices in the financial district of Miami, Florida. Since 2008, he has been licensed to practice law in England and Wales, as a Solicitor. Kozlowski was as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law where he taught Current Topics in Art and Entertainment Law. He also served as a visiting professor at Florida International University Law School where he taught Intellectual Property.

Kozlowski partnered with filmmaker Travis Fine to co-produce the award winning film ANY DAY NOW which starred Alan Cumming and Garrett Dillahunt. ANY DAY NOW received over 20 Audience and Best Picture awards at film festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Outfest. The film was also recognized by the prestigious gay rights organization GLAAD with their 2013 Media Award for Best Film.

AVERY HOLIDAY

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Avery Holliday is an emmy-winning trans non-binary cinematographer and climate justice activist, loosely settled in Lenapehoking (NYC), and unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh territories (Vancouver).

Avery’s short film “Icebox” was shortlisted for the 2018 Academy Awards, and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Live Action Short at AFI Fest 2016. Their latest work “Heavenly Brown Body” won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at Outfest 2020. Their narrative works have screened at festivals internationally including the Telluride and Cannes International film festivals.

Passionate about documentary & video journalism on queerness & human rights, Avery has a special focus for supporting voices on climate justice, which means centering and supporting Indigenous sovereignty, BIPOC leadership, and land defenders.

JOEY NEWMAN

COMPOSER

Joey Newman (ASCAP) is an Emmy-nominated, third generation film and television composer of the famed Hollywood musical Newman dynasty. Joey’s grandfather is Oscar-winning composer and conductor Lionel Newman, and his great uncle is nine-time Oscar-winner Alfred Newman. His cousins Randy, Thomas, David and Maria Newman are all successful composers. Joey’s father, Joe Frank Carollo, played bass and sang in the famed 1970s rock group Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.

Joey earned his music degree from the Berklee College of Music and got his start working in television, co-composing with Emmy-winning composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden. Joey has composed the music to award-winning feature films including Any Day Now (starring Alan Cumming) and The Space Between (starring Melissa Leo); numerous television series including ABC’s The Middle (starring Patricia Heaton), CBS’ All Rise (starring Simone Missick) and Disney+’s Diary of a Future President (exec produced by Gina Rodriguez); video games including Lineage; and provided arrangements for recording artists like Rufus Wainwright and Broadway composers Marcy & Zina and Cinco Paul. As a conductor and orchestrator, Joey has worked across the media spectrum including orchestrating for his cousin Randy, Bill Ross and conducting alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and John Williams.