In Partnership With Refinery29, TNT Announces ‘Digital Forward’ Release of Shatterbox Eight Female-Driven Short Films
Season two to debut Saturday, September 8, on the network’s social platforms, TVE Apps and TNTDrama.com
Refinery29 and TNT celebrate this powerful collaboration with TIFF special screening, new ad campaign, and experiential 29Rooms activation
LOS ANGELES – Turner's TNT, in partnership with Refinery29, today announced the World Premiere and digital release date of season two of the Shatterbox, the film series that gives female storytellers a platform to create short films that redefine identity, imagination and storytelling through the female lens.
The latest collection debuts Saturday, September 8, across TNT’s digital ecosystem, including its TVE apps available for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Firestick, Xbox One, Smart TVs, its website (TNTDrama.com/Shatterbox), and social platforms including YouTube and Facebook. To celebrate the launch, the films will also have an exclusive screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and have a presence at Refinery29’s iconic experiential event, 29Rooms New York, which takes place September 6-9 and September 13-16.
On September 8, TNT and Refinery29 will take over the rooftop at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) for the launch event, with an intimate, invite-only screening of the films followed by a cocktail reception hosted by Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, and Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer at Refinery29. This year’s class of prestigious female directors include Yara Shahidi, Gillian Jacobs, Academy Award-nominated Jessica Sanders, A.M. Lukas (aka Anna Martemucci), Allana Harkin, Gilly Barnes, Ivy Agregan and Janine Sherman Barrois, showrunner and executive producer of TNT’s Claws. (A full list of their films can be found in the appendix.)
“My mission at TNT has always been to seek out, empower and provide opportunities for female storytellers to bring their creative visions to life. For season two of Shatterbox, we are leveraging a ‘digital forward’ strategy that allows us to create a more shareable experience of the filmmakers’ stories across our digital products and social platforms,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Through our successful collaboration with Amy Emmerich and her team at Refinery29, the bar has been set incredibly high with this impressive roster of directors, which includes native network talent like our exceptional Claws showrunner and executive producer, Janine Sherman Barrois.”
In addition to the digital release and TIFF activation, the film series will be celebrated through Shatterbox’s powerful new ad campaign, You Don’t Know the Half of It, which raises awareness about gender disparities in Hollywood and aims to create allies in the entertainment community. The ad campaign will begin to run on TNT social and digital platforms beginning Thursday, September 6, and will play during the private TIFF screening. To see the trailer for the campaign, please click here.
TNT and Refinery29 are also partnering on an experiential activation for Shatterbox and the You Don’t Know the Half of It campaign at 29Rooms, Refinery29’s annual festival of culture and creativity, happening this month in New York. The immersive cinematic experience allows attendees to step up and into a frame, inserting themselves into scenes from the new season through projector photography.
“We are thrilled to partner with the amazing team at TNT to take Shatterbox to the next level. Following the success of French Fries, we can't wait to bring the rest of this powerful series to the film community at TIFF, but also directly to fans at 29Rooms and to viewers across screens,” said Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer, Refinery29. “With each of the Shatterbox films and the
premiere of the You Don't Know The Half of It campaign, we are continuing our mission to create platforms for female-driven storytelling, shine a light on new creative voices and innovate the ways that we push culture forward with meaningful content.”
Since its launch in August 2016, Shatterbox has announced the directorial debut of Chloe Sevigny, with the short “Kitty,” which premiered at Cannes Film Festival; Kristen Stewart’s short film, “Come Swim,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; and Anu Valia’s short film, “Lucia Before and After,” which won the Sundance Jury Prize in the Short Film category. To date, there have been over 5 million views of these films across the Refinery29 platforms.
For additional information on Shatterbox, please visit: www.refinery29.com/en-us/shatterbox.
(Details on the films are below.)
One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure, directed by A.M. Lukas (aka Anna Martemucci)
Starring: Emily Mortimer
Logline: When news of the Cambodian genocide hits, Franka (a Czechoslovakian refugee) reaches out to the Lutheran Refugee Service in hopes of welcoming a family like hers to her new life in Fargo.
One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure Trailer
X, directed by Yara Shahidi
Starring: D’Kristian Lamar, Kyler Nesbitt, Layla Crawford and Michael Goodman
Logline: In this modern take on the French impressionist film The Red Balloon, X, a young black kid wanders through Los Angeles while confronting the difficult realities of adolescence, while being black in America.
The Godmother, directed by Allana Harkin
Starring: Lauren Ash
Logline: A godmother keeps her promise to spiritually guide her godchild – even after the parents have a bar blowout and spend the night in their car.
The Godmother Trailer
Are You Still Singing?, directed by Gilly Barnes
Starring: Joey Ally and Ian Harding
Logline: When Joy Fields ends her comfortable marriage, she finds herself trying to financially stay afloat by becoming a telegram singer. Add an anxiety disorder to the mix, and welcome to the new life she’s created for herself.
Are You Still Singing? Trailer
Curated, directed by Gillian Jacobs
Starring: Ahna O’Reilly, Danny Pudi and Jefferson Mays
Logline: During a reluctant trip to her late grandmother's home in the middle of nowhere, Nancy learns that a person's sentiment and complexities aren't limited to the things they leave behind.
End of the Line, directed by Jessica Sanders
Starring: Simon Helberg and Brett Gelman
Logline: A lonely man goes to the pet store and buys a tiny man in a cage.
End of the Line Trailer
CTRL, directed by Ivy Agregan
Starring: Jamie Chung and Shiva Negar
Logline: 2041. While an unorthodox virus ravages the digital battlefields of Cyber War II, a renegade hacker and her interrogating CyberFed share far more than a mutual interest in the virus's origins.
French Fries, directed by Janine Sherman Barrois
Starring: Rebecca Naomi Jones and Carl McDowell
Logline: French Fries explores a young Black couple’s fight to resolve communication problems in a modern marriage.
French Fries Trailer
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