"I wanted to explore the journeys that college kids experience as they struggle to figure out who they are and what they’re going to do with their lives. But the key here, and what sets our film apart, was to experience the drama realistically
- to let the stories stand on their own. I wanted to stay away from the sensationalism so prevalent in film these days – I mean, it’s great fun to see someone masturbate into an apple pie, or have sex with the gorgeous exchange student with the ridiculous accent while everyone watches on the web.
But it’s not real. In “Through Different Eyes” we’re telling these guys that they’re not alone. That everyone’s confused about who they are, what they’re feeling and where they’re going. And no matter the race, gender, or physical beauty, everyone else is just as messed up. The key is never to trivialize the drama and intensity that
college kids feel and create. I think there’s a real tendency for “grown-ups” to forget how earth shattering it was to go through it all – to hear a great band for the first time, or to see “that girl
(or guy)” in the library. To feel like “I can totally see myself doing
this for the rest of my life” one moment, then wonder “how could I possibly have thought that?” the next.
Let’s face it – we feel things with a greater depth and intensity in the High School and College years than we will for the rest of our lives. And what could be more captivating than to share those moments as our characters learn to see themselves as they truly are, not as a reflection of what those around them see or expect them to be. A true to life account of those experiences from racially diverse points of view. I originally hoped that everyone that came to see our film would find someone or something
in their current life to relate to. But as the project grew it became apparent that our story’s
bigger than that - it's universal. That even the “grown-ups” will find something wonderful here as well. After all, they were
young once. Well, at least most of them were...”
Joe Fremont, writer / director