"It's an uphill battle," director Sarah Gertrude Shapiro said in an interview with Huff Post Entertainment. "It was very much based on the moment that I sort of decided that I couldn't take it anymore," she said.Shapiro is not allowed to discuss the show she worked for, but did offer that the Williams' character, Goldberg, is based on her.On the surface, "Sequin Raze" might seem like just another short film playing at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. '" In this case, it's a compact drama focusing on the losing contestant on a reality dating show (Camp) and the producer (Williams) trying to break her spirit.What separates the project from the pack, however, is its pedigree (the film was produced through the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women) and cast: actresses Anna Camp, Frances Conroy and Ashley Williams all star. Shapiro, who had directed a short film before, was once a producer herself on a reality dating show.
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There was respect between the locals and the expats...
you got to be part of lots of different cultures.” One of those, consumer culture, was almost fetishised: “I remember when the first Mc Donald’s opened in Dubai, it was such an event, and when Toys’R’Us and Marks & Spencer opened.
[…] With directing, you can go to grad school, but nobody is going to give you a medal and say you're a director.