The Empty Iris is Jonny Santana’s second feature-length film. He began writing and shooting the film at 17 years old in December of 2015. After almost two years of hard work the film had it’s first two screenings on September 22 2017 at Balboa Park. It then continued to play in San Diego theaters for the following months until it landed on Amazon for distribution.
The movie exists in a universe filled with tragedy and beautifully surreal symbolic dream sequences.
The Empty Iris is a film about a reserved and philosophical blind teenager named Adam Homer and his rebellious and troubled best friend Donnie Hammurabi. After a tragic kidnapping, the movie follows both characters down separate plot lines: Adam begins to chase a vision he has been having, and Donnie deals with deep-rooted guilt and plans a revenge scheme.
This movie deals with the issues of coming of age, loss of innocence, and the debate of whether it’s better to view the world for it’s beauty or malice. It’s gritty, beautiful, and filled with visual symbolism.