Irene Taylor Brodsky and the individuals from her film "Open Your Eyes."

Irene Taylor Brodsky and the individuals from her film “Open Your Eyes.”

Irene Taylor Brodsky

Irene Taylor Brodsky has made a number of award-winning documentaries, ranging from “Hear and Now,” which followed her deaf parents as they heard for the first time after cochlear implants, to “Saving Pelican 895,” which tracked the rescue of a single pelican from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Now, Brodsky has two very different films coming out in quick succession. The first, “Open Your Eyes,” is about a blind Nepali couple who see for the first time after unexpected cataract treatment. It screens at the Portland International Film Festival on Sunday at 3:30 pm and airs on HBO on July 18 at 7:30 pm.

The second, “Beware the Slenderman,” tells the story of two 12-year-old girls who attacked their friend after being inspired by the horror meme of Slender Man. The film premieres at South By Southwest in March and will air later this year on HBO.

Here are edited highlights from Irene Taylor Brodsky’s conversation with OPB’s Aaron Scott.

Until the cataract surgery that filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky follows in "Open Your Eyes," Manisara had never seen her granddaughter.

Until the cataract surgery that filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky follows in “Open Your Eyes,” Manisara had never seen her granddaughter.

Irene Taylor Brodsky