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SXSW Short 'Sequin Raze' Becomes Lifetime Pilot 'Unreal,' With Marti Noxon to Executive Produce

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire July 31, 2013 at 11:51AM

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's short film "Sequin Raze" premiered at SXSW earlier this year before screening at New Directors/New Films -- and now it's headed to television, in a reworked form.
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'Sequin Raze'
'Sequin Raze'

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's short film "Sequin Raze" premiered at SXSW earlier this year before screening at New Directors/New Films -- and now it's headed to television, in a reworked form.

Shapiro and former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" showrunner Marti Noxon wrote "Unreal," a pilot based on the short that's set behind the scenes of a "Bachelor"-style dating competition show, focusing on a staffer whose job is to manipulate the contestants to get the best on-air drama. According to Deadline, Lifetime's now ordered a pilot for "Unreal," with Sharpiro to produce and Noxon to executive produce alongside Sally DeSipio and Bill Davenport at Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment.

The short "Sequin Raze" stars Anna Camp ("True Blood") as a dismissed dating show contestant who ends up in psychological combat with "Goldberg" (Ashley Williams, "How I Met Your Mother"), a once-feminist producer who's come to specialize in sparking on-camera meltdowns. Shapiro drew upon her own conflicted experiences working in reality TV to make the short, a trailer for which is below.


This article is related to: Television, TV News, Lifetime, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Sequin Raze, Marti Noxon