City Stars

'City Stars' tells the story of a young woman who picks up a job at a car service after the loss of her life partner. When she encounters a woman who looks a little too much like her dead lover, she learns how a simple brief encounter can reignite life after loss.

  • Jessica Afton
    Director
  • Gina Femia
    Writer
  • Christin Eve Cato
    Producer
  • Mary Eden
    Key Cast
  • Shamikah Martinez
    Key Cast
  • Christin Eve Cato
    Key Cast
  • Lara Aqel
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 17, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jessica Afton

Jessica Afton is a Brooklyn-based actor, writer and first-time director. She is also the co-founder of Viscera Productions, a collaborative production company that focuses on providing challenges to filmmakers and actors that excel in their craft professionally, yet seek to challenge themselves in new and daring ways.

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Director Statement

For me, 'City Stars' is a film about that moment when you are walking down the street, in a place with no association to your past, and you catch a glimpse of a stranger. And one glimpse of this person convinces you that you know them, they are the person that hurt you, the one you lost, or the one who brought you the greatest pleasure. They are one in the same for just that moment. But, to the world, they remain a stranger. This is a film about that moment, in a day.

I sought to tell this story with a heightened sense of intimacy, and primarily through the lens of Lexie. Lexie sees the world through extreme close ups. She sees the way we recall love, through the minute movements that bring back a sensation. To tell her story, we focused on getting as tight as possible to expose the way that the hair falls, how a hand brushes, and the story of each motion of the character's bodies. The result is a film about encountering memory, in all it's glorious and painful details, and learning how to move forward.

This film was proudly created with an almost entirely female team. As such, I wanted to honor the feminity of the story, while staying away from any traps of stereotype, or sense of isolating the male exerience. I believe it is through raising the bar, as women, as storytellers, and letting the work inspire further trust that we will make strides towards gender parity in our field.

-Jessica Afton