Maine-based indie movie, “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes” will have its world premiere in the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2015 edition as part of the festival’s Signals program.

The feature length film, written and directed by Nancy Andrews and funded by a 2013 crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter, is a combination of science fiction, musical, and animation. After a near-death experience, Dr. Sheri Myes—played by Michole Briana White—uses brain science to revolutionize human consciousness.  She must then face the consequences when she makes herself a research subject and transforms into a creature with super senses.

“The style of the film combines 1930s Hollywood with 1960s B-movies, and psychedelic animation—mixing contemporary experimental approaches with an aesthetic that strongly values visual and auditory beauty,” says Andrews, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in filmmaking (2008) and professor at College of the Atlantic. “One of the motivations in creating this film is the idea of reaching a wider audience with new works that express new directions for feature film.”

“Dr. Myes” will certainly reach a wider audience at IFFR’s Signals, a collection of film programs, retrospectives, and activities that puts bold and innovative filmmakers in the spotlight. The film will premiere in Signals’ “What the F?!” movie line-up, which focuses on different interpretations and explorations of modern-day feminism.

“Nancy’s shorter-format films have changed the way we see the world and our place in it,” noted COA President Darron Collins. “There’s no telling how a feature length production will affect us and I can’t wait to find out.”

The Netherlands’ International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1.

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