Mirror Motif

"I Spend Hours of My Day Staring Into Mirrors But I Never See Myself."
A vulnerable story about the rampant cycles of our perception of femininity and masculinity and the battle for balance, shot on 16mm film with an original score.

  • Christiana-Simon
    Director
  • Dakota Gravot
    Director
  • Lize Lewy
    Writer
  • Christiana-Simon
    Producer
  • Christiana-Simon
    Director of Photography, 16mm film loading
  • Lizy Lewy
    Key Cast
  • Pierce Abplanalp
    Key Cast
  • Markov Soroka
    Score and Sound Editing
  • Brahm Sasner
    Music Composition- piano
  • Jake Stergos
    Music Composition- Cello
  • Rowan Zito
    Lighting and Key Grip
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Webster University
  • Kinematifest
Director Biography - Christiana-Simon, Dakota Gravot

Christiana-Simon is a director, writer, sculptor and all-around creative. She lives in the spaces between reality and fantasy. She is deeply grounded by truth and the longing to understand. Her work represents the experimental and absurd while tackling modern social topics such as gender, individuality and complex relationships.

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Director Statement

This piece was in collaboration with writer and actor Lize Lewy and seeks to demystify gender dysphoria. We hope that as you watch you will reflect on how the use, or lack of, clothing and makeup define you.