The Gaze (2018)
An actress is repeatedly catcalled on her way home from a shoot until just the right guy comes her way.
"The Gaze" on the blog.
Behind the Scenes
Screenings & Awards
2019 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
2019 Adirondack Film Festival
2019 Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
The ideas for my short films are often not something I'm actively looking for. Premises tend to just come to me, usually late at night when I can't sleep as kind of paths for processing or channeling frustrations I'm feeling at the time. This one was no different. I just started typing; and what came out was a little creepy, a little campy, and hopefully a lot of fun meta horror exploring and subverting objectification & the male gaze, both in terms of the genre and society in general.
It was summer when I wrote it, so being catcalled was a daily occurrence. And I'd say the #metoo stories coming out left & right were... well, overwhelming is an understatement. I had also been binging my childhood favorite, The Twilight Zone (which was coming off the heels of other childhood favorite rewatch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). I suppose that's the mental & emotional mix that resulted in the initial screenplay. I wasn't really sure whether or not I wanted to make the film, as I worried it was a little too bizarre in such a short amount of time for it to make sense outside of my head. But my collaborators loved the script and encouraged me to give it a shot. I'm really proud of what we all made together. I hope it resonates with viewers, as well.