“Watching You, Watching Me” is the first short film from Refinery29’s “Shatterbox Anthology,” a new initiative that is producing 12 shorts from different female directors, writers and animators centered around the theme of power dynamics.
Directed by Pamela Romanowsky, best known for her James Franco-starring drama “The Adderall Diaries,” “Watching You, Watching Me” is a black and white feature that focuses on four individuals, Shagasyia Diamond, Rachel Fleit, Edward McDonald and Lyn Slater, and how they are perceived in this world. These four people talk about their personal experiences of being judged, whether it be for their appearance, sexual preference, age or how they’ve changed.
“If the reason for you watching people is to judge them, you just need to stop,” says Diamond in the video. “If the reason you are watching people is because you’re intrigued by them, then you need to let that person know.”
“The Shatterbox Anthology” project will also feature Chloë Sevigny’s “Kitty,” Gabourey Sidibe making her filmmaking debut with “A Tale of Four Women,” America Ferrera executive producing “Behind the Headlines” and “Only Girls,” a short film by Kristen Stewart and a piece by Academy Award nominee Jessica Sanders.
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With this series of shorts, R29 hopes to give female directors the chance to show the world the weight of the female experience. “Watching You, Watching Me” is a great example of how others react to people and how they are judged without knowing them.
“I see you looking and it’s ok,” the four individuals state in the short. “I wonder if you realize how much time and energy you’re wasting by being so hard on yourself. You are perfect as you are.”