American actress Gabourey Sidibe is no longer just an actress, Sidibe is all set to make her first narrative directorial debut along with fellow actress Kristen Stewart. The actresses will be directing short films for Refinery29, the fashion, and lifestyle media company.
The Empire star, Sidibe is among a dozen filmmakers who will explore the dynamics of power through the short-form ShatterBox Anthology, which will begin running on the Refinery29 website this summer. All the more reasons for summer to be even more exciting than it already is. Sidibe’s short film’s details have not been revealed yet, the only thing we know so far is the film will be titled “A Tale of Four Women”.
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Refinery29 announced the news on Monday at its NewFronts presentation in New York.
“Refinery29 aims to rally our community of strong, outspoken, and confident women to harness the strength, passion, and empathy that fuels them," says R29 Chief Content Officer Amy Emmerich. "We are proud to be collaborating with award-winning talent to create a slate of female-focused content that showcases what it is to be powerful in a nontraditional way.”
At the presentation Sidibe said,
“Everything I do, my image and who I am and what I feel represents me is in the hands of a man, usually a white man. … I realized very recently that I want to be the one that decides what image I show the public.”
Apart from Sidibe and Stewart, participating in the anthology are Jessica Sanders, Meera Menon, Tiffany Shlain, Courtney Hoffman, Jessica Dimmock, Robin Cloud, Roja Gashtili, Julia Lerman, Anu Valia, and Chloë Sevigny.
America Ferrera, Kristen Stewart and Gabourey Sidibe for Refinery29. Source: Variety