Kristen is featured on the June 2016 issue of Marie Claire France. I’ve added HQ/untagged outtakes!

The year 2016 is shaping up to be a fascinating year for cool girls turned directors. First, wefound out last month that St. Vincent’s Annie Clark was making her own horror film for XX, an anthology of horror movies directed by and written about women. And now, even more exciting news: Kristen Stewart, Gabourey Sidibe, America Ferrera, and more will be helming films of their own for Refinery29’s female-directed series, ShatterBox Anthology.

As one might guess from the title, Sevigny’s short film is about a kitten—well, sort of. It’s actually based on a Paul Bowles short story by the same title about a little girl who, in a seemingly Kafka-esque turn of events, actually gets her wish. But less is known about Stewart’s film, which Variety reports is currently titledWater. The film will be Stewart’s directorial debut, and that’s about all we know. Same goes for Sidibe’s directorial debut for the series, A Tale of Four Women.

However little we know about Stewart’s and Sidibe’s shorts, we actually do have a few details on Ferrera’s work with the series, which is actually two separate projects. Variety describes the first, Behind the Headlines, as “a multimedia experience comprising video, text and images dedicated to ‘humanizing the conversations around the issues that matter to women.’” The second, Only Girl, is a docu-series that focuses on what women experience working in various male-dominated professions. The latter project in particular speaks to what ShatterBox is all about.

These anthologies come at a time when conversations about the gender discrimination women face in Hollywood have grown more resonant than ever. More and more people have begun to ask why, despite hit after hit from female directors, the field is still overwhelmingly dominated by men. And last October, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission interviewed female filmmakers to determine whether legal action against the industry was required to address discrimination against female directors in the TV and movie industries. (It will probably be a long time before we see how that shakes out, though.) Let’s put it this way: when Meryl Streep has to personally fund screenwriting labs for women over 40 to fix behind-the-camera representation in the industry, we have a problem. Hopefully, the ShatterBox series and others like it will help cultivate more female directors who will continue to push the industry in the right direction.

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Kristen attended the MET Gala last night in New York. The theme was Manus x Machina. How amazing does she look?!

2nd May | MET Gala: Manus x Machina | Arrivals

 

Kristen was spotted at Coachella this weekend & we’ve added a HQ outtake from the Vanity Fair Studio!

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