Monday, May 2, 2016

Kristen to direct a short film for Refinery29's VR29 Studios and their new short film series 'ShatterBox Anthology'!

"Refinery29 is launching VR29 Studios, a virtual reality unit focused on female storytellers"

The Wrap:

Stewart’s film is tentatively titled “Water,” while Sidibe’s is “A Tale of Four Women.”

A series featuring 12 engaging and inspiring short-form original scripted films created by female directors, writers, and animators that will explore the dynamics of power. The series provides the women with creative support from Women at Sundance, as well as advisory support from Killer Films’ founders Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler. A selection of ShatterBox Anthology films will also be distributed through Comcast Watchable, in addition to running monthly on Refinery29 beginning in summer 2016.

Announced today, actress Kristen Stewart will make her directorial debut as a filmmaker with a short film currently titled Water, and actress Gabourey Sidibe will make her directorial debut with a short film currently titled A Tale of Four Women. Additional filmmakers in the ShatterBox Anthology include: Academy Award nominee Jessica Sanders, Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Prize winner Meera Menon, Webby Award founder and Emmy nominee Tiffany Shlain, Courtney Hoffman, Jessica Dimmock, Robin Cloud, Roja Gashtili, Julia Lerman, and Anu Valia. The first film debut backed by ShatterBox Anthology, Kitty, which is Chloë Sevigny’s directorial debut, will premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Starlight Studios: So excited to be working with our beloved Kristen again!! Starlight is producing Kristen's upcoming screenwriting + directorial debut, shooting this summer!!

THR: ShatterBox Anthology will feature 12 short films created by female directors, writers and animators.

Refinery29 is supporting female filmmakers with a new short film series.

ShatterBox Anthology will feature 12 films from female storytellers throughout the year, beginning this spring.

The first project comes from Chloe Sevigny. In her directorial debut, Sevigny has adapted short story Kitty, about a girl who dreams of becoming a kitten and eventually finds herself transformed into one.

For ShatterBox Anthology, Refinery29 has enlisted the help of advisors Christine Vachon (Carol) and Pamela Koffler (Still Alice). The veteran producers will help Refinery29 identify talent and evaluate projects under consideration. The digital media company also is working with Sundance Institute on the endeavor.

• Reminder: Kristen talked to Wonderland about a short film she wrote about water.
"I wrote a sick short film that I'm really proud of. It's more abstract rather than super narrative. It's like a poem; it's about water. People ask, 'Wky not just direct a feature?' But I want to play around first. I want to have experience." She's a big fan of John Cassavetes, who was a pioneer of improvisational filmmaking and cinéma vérité. Stewart talks about his filmmaking style as an influence. "I think the first thing I'm going to make will live in the in-between moments."

This is SO cool, such a great opportunity to do what she wanted so much! Congrats Kristen can not wait to see it! :)