Kristen Stewart is making her directorial debut with a new short film for female-focused digital publisher Refinery29.
The Café Society actress is joining R29’s ShatterBox Anthology, which has committed to bringing short films from 12 female directors, writers and animators that explore the dynamic of power. The first project to result from the ethnology is Chloe Sevigny’s Kitty, which will premiere at Cannes. Stewart’s project is currently titled Water. Few other details have been released.
In addition to videos for the web, Refinery29 also is committing to emerging technologies. The digital publisher announced Monday the launch of VR29 Studios, which will focus on female storytellers creating projects for virtual reality and 360-degree video. An eight-person team will be devoted to the initiative and, beginning in June, plans to release a new piece of VR or 360-degree content every week for the rest of the year, focusing on style, travel, fashion and sports.
“It’s women training women to be directors for VR series,” says R29 content chief Amy Emmerich, explaining that it’s a way to create more opportunities for female filmmakers through a new medium. “We wanted to get women behind the lens.”