Meera Menon's Newest Film: The Press Conference

Laura Delarato
September 25th, 2016 6:00PM

Meera Menon has a fondness for powerful women and so do we.

In the director's newest film, we watch as a governor fights for her space in the public eye in the midst of a scandal, while rocking all the relationships she relies on. Instead of running away she meets her critics head-on for a press conference (aptly named) to set the record straight. The Press Conference conveys all the secret conversations we're not suppose to know about right before the news drops.

Menon just made headlines with her 2016 Sundance Film presentation Equity. A film that follows an investment banker (Anna Gunn) as she climbs to the top of Wall Street in the thick of financial corruption. It's a double-crossing good time filled with thrills and shake-ups in a predominantly boy's club. The film received glowing reviews and was acquired by Sony Pictures as the prime distributor.

We're excited to have Menon as a member of the Shatterbox Anthology team — breaking new ground and giving a voice to powerful women.

Enjoy the film of The Press Conference above or on Comcast Watchable.

Why We Need Female Representation In Film

Laura Delarato
August 24th, 2016 11:00AM

The latest Refinery29 original series is 12 short films created by woman directors and writers. And there's one thing you need to know about it: We're not here to make you comfortable — we're here to tell the true stories of power and loss from our own point of view. According to USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, almost 4,000 short films were shown at festivals in the U.S. between 2010 and 2014, and only 32% of them had female directors. It's time to make a change and shatter any obstacle in our way. Welcome to the Shatterbox Anthology.

With first-time and veteran filmmakers, such as Gabourey Sidibe, Jessica Dimmock, Chloë Sevigny, Pamela Romanowsky, Meera Menon, and Kristen Stewart, these films deal with gender, sexuality, choice, and power from the rarely seen female gaze. We are giving 12 female directors the chance to spark a change in the industry. Our hope is that this will inspire others to support female projects, writers, directors, gaffers, stylists, and fully representative casts.

Tune in for the premiere of Watching You, Watching Me on August 28th, available here on Refinery29.com/Shatterbox and on Comcast Watchable.

Why Aren't We Hiring More Women?

Laura Delarato
August 24th, 2016 11:00AM

The latest Refinery29 original series is 12 short films created by woman directors and writers. And there's one thing you need to know about it: We're not here to make you comfortable — we're here to tell the true stories of power and loss from our own point of view. According to USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, almost 4,000 short films were shown at festivals in the U.S. between 2010 and 2014, and only 32% of them had female directors. It's time to make a change and shatter any obstacle in our way. Welcome to the Shatterbox Anthology.

With first-time and veteran filmmakers, such as Gabourey Sidibe, Jessica Dimmock, Chloë Sevigny, Pamela Romanowsky, Meera Menon, and Kristen Stewart, these films deal with gender, sexuality, choice, and power from the rarely seen female gaze. We are giving 12 female directors the chance to spark a change in the industry. Our hope is that this will inspire others to support female projects, writers, directors, gaffers, stylists, and fully representative casts.

Tune in for the premiere of Watching You, Watching Me on August 28th, available here on Refinery29.com/Shatterbox and on Comcast Watchable.

Watching You Watching Me

Laura Delarato
August 29th, 2016 11:00AM

Coming off the success of The Adderall Diaries (starring James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Christian Slater, and Cynthia Nixon), director Pamela Romanowsky is taking her directorial skills to new highs by tapping into holy perception in her new film Watching Me, Watching You.

This Refinery29 Shatterbox Anthology short film takes a deep dive into how we are perceived in this world through the skin of that person. This is R29's newest venture into creative storytelling. We gave 12 female directors the chance to show the world what it's like to bear the weight of the female experience. Watching Me, Watching You is a perfect example of how we react to otherness — and how it feels to have those microaggressions seep into our core.