Carrie Brownstein might be known as the guitarist for punk trio Sleater-Kinney, as well as writing and co-starring in the IFC sketch comedy series “Portlandia” opposite Fred Armisen, but now she can add “writer-director” to her long list of accomplishments.
Her new short film “The Realest Real,” created for French fashion brand KENZO’s fall-winter campaign, is set in an alternate reality where elements of social media are “real” — there are literal followers who walk around with you, an actual cloud contains all of your information, and terms of endearment like “Marry Me” are manifested literally by the Institute of the Real. In the film, Abby (Laura Harrier) discovers from the Institute of the Real that actress Natasha Lyonne can be her actual mother after she posted the comment “Mom” on her Instagram. The film co-stars Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Rowan Blanchard (“Girl Meets World”), and Kim Gordon, former member of Sonic Youth. Watch the film below.
Aside from “Portlandia,” Brownstein also has a recurring role on Amazon’s original series “Transparent” and was featured in Todd Haynes’ latest film “Carol.” Her memoir “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” was released in October of last year.
“The Realest Real” premiered last night during New York Fashion Week. “Portlandia” aired its sixth season earlier this year and IFC has picked up the series for a seventh season. You can also watch Spike Jonze’s short film for KENZO’s new perfume campaign.