Powder Room

Vera, star of a wildly popular online video channel called Powder Room, hasn’t left her apartment in over four years. It seems that Vera has managed to craft a lifestyle that allows her to control every element of her existence. Little does she know, the day she finds out that she has reached one million subscribers on her channel is the day that her tiny world is turned upside down when a stranger forces himself into her peculiar space. With nowhere left to hide, she is forced to confront her past and to, ultimately, face herself.

  • Sonja Tsypin
  • Sonja Tsypin
  • Eva Evans
  • Jessica Kay Park
    Key Cast
    Consumed (2015, Lionsgate's Twilight Saga's Storytellers), Daredevil (2015, Marvel/Netflix), The Closer (2015), The Good Machine (2015), Coney Island Dreams (2014)
  • John Patrick Maddock
    Key Cast
    Fizzled (2015), Then That Happened (2015), Bad Company (2014)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Red Hook Film Festival
    Red Hook, NY
    United States
    October 1, 2016
  • Bard College Seniors to Seniors Grant
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    United States
    May 11, 2016
  • Adolfas Mekas Award
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    United States
    May 7, 2016
    Best Screenplay
Director Biography - Sonja Tsypin

Sonja Tsypin is a recent graduate of the Bard College Film and Electronic Arts undergraduate program in New York. Aside from her thesis film "Powder Room" (2016), her recent directing work includes "Contact Esterina" (2014), a feature-length documentary about an Orthodox Jewish woman breaking away from tradition and "The Murder" (2014), a short film remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail. Sonja also has a focus in cinematography, recently working as Director of Photography on upcoming narrative feature-length film, "Angels" (2016, dir. Audrey Banks), short psychological drama titled "Birth Day" (2016, dir. Eva Evans) and short horror film, "Theodore" (2015, dir. Ondine Viñao). Sonja comes from a background in fine art; she is the recipient of two regional Gold Keys and a national Gold Medal and Best in Grade award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Powder Room was advised by acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt and experimental filmmaker and video artist Peggy Ahwesh. Sonja will attend the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles in Fall 2016 as a cinematography fellow.

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Director Statement

This narrative holds a lot of personal gravity for me. I injected so much more material from my life into this concept than I ever have in my earlier works, and on a much more honest level. Ironically, for that reason I believe that, though expressed through a highly eccentric character, this has turned out to be one of the most universal stories I’ve been able to tell so far as a filmmaker. We’re living in an era where so many of our true identities and potentials as individuals are constantly clouded by the pressures of upholding an external image. At the root of it, this is a tale about the modern way of life: after losing various elements of structure in her life, the most significant being that of a “normal” family, Vera attempts to regain a sense of control over the doubts and complexes that she develops about motherhood, femininity, and her place in society by funneling all of her energy into promoting a public image online and essentially giving up on all other aspects of her existence. The audience is then invited to experience alongside her the dark and empty (though sometimes humorous) reality behind her fame. My hope is that viewers are ultimately able to empathize with this character as a caricature of each and every one of us; she may have just reached one million subscribers, but she spends her life hiding.