Watch Ava DuVernay's Miu Miu-Commissioned Short 'The Door' (Gabrielle Union Stars)

Features
by Tambay A. Obenson
February 11, 2013 3:19 PM
16 Comments
  • |

Launched in 2011, wome's high fashion brand, Miu Miu's Women’s Tales initiative is an ongoing series of commissioned short films directed by an international selection of women directors, telling stories about women.

The 5th film in the series, directed by Ava DuVernay, is now available for viewing.

Titled The Door, the short stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye, and singer-songwriter Goapele.

Here's how it's described via Miu Miu's website for the series:

The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women's Tale, is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change. The symbolic centre of The Door is the front entrance of the protagonist's home. As she opens it to greet a friend in the powerfully framed opening scenes, she is shrouded in an oblique sadness. "In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves," explains director DuVernay. "Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are." Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine's emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.

By the way, the short work was shot by the hottest DP in the land right now, Bradford Young.

Watch it below:

You might also like:
Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

16 Comments

  • ALM | February 12, 2013 10:09 PMReply

    Congrats Ms. Duvernay! Another great piece of film featuring beautiful women of color. I look forward to your next feature film!

  • Akimbo | February 12, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    That was lovely.

  • Micah | February 12, 2013 4:48 AMReply

    Bradford Young is surely in a class with Roger Deakins and many other great cinematographers. I hope starts doing big features. His talent needs a large audience. Ava Duvernay is a warrior telling stories her way and about topics that are important to her. She could be the a black female director to break her way into the big award shows.

  • urbanauteur | February 12, 2013 11:40 AM

    VITTORIO STORARO

  • urbanauteur | February 12, 2013 11:38 AM

    @MICAH, i absolutely agree this brother ranks with [Golden Eye] trailblazers like: GREG TOLAND-VITTORIO -TAK FUJIMOTO-SVEN NYKVIST-SERGIO URUSENSKY-KAZUO MIYAGAWA-GORDON WILLIS-JAMES WONG HOWE-ROBBY MULLER-RAOUL COUTARD-NESTER ALMENDROS-SACHA VIERNY-MICHAEL CHAPMEN-MICAHEL BALLHAUS-ANTHONY DOD MANTLE-OWEN ROIZMAN-ERNEST DICKERSON-LISA RINZLER-DONALD THORIN etc....;-)

  • James | February 11, 2013 10:05 PMReply

    Did anyone else think the Styling of Adepero Oduye with the vintage style swing coat and up do alluded to how well she could have done as Nina Simone as if it was

  • James | February 11, 2013 10:06 PM

    woops didnt finish ....

    As if it was Ava Duvernay's silent statement on the controversial matter

  • Talie | February 11, 2013 9:45 PMReply

    It is a pleasure to see black women portrayed as high-end and classy, not like the reality show caricatures. I only wish this was a full-length feature, that is quite a cast.

  • Janet | February 11, 2013 9:14 PMReply

    Ms. D.
    This is a fantastic piece. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Wanett | February 11, 2013 6:46 PMReply

    That was beautiful! I loved everything about it. It's amazing how absolutely stunning brown skin is on film when we are lit PROPERLY!. Amazing job. I'm reblogging this all over the place!

  • Brenda | February 11, 2013 5:07 PMReply

    Very exciting!!!!!

  • MissWildfire | February 11, 2013 4:55 PMReply

    That was so beautiful!!! I was in awe the whole time. I'd watch a full length movie of that, and it'd probably be my favorite :)

  • Dr. Boogie | February 11, 2013 4:16 PMReply

    BRAVO!!! GORGEOUSLY DONE!! Ava makes L.A. look like itself....not like Hollywood....

    Gabrielle better work that nuance!!!! YAAAASSS!!

    This is soooo great....exhale...

  • Reelblack | February 11, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    I've been working with Ms. Duvernay for a couple years now and after watching this short I finally get it. THE DOOR speaks volumes about Race, Class, Identity, Culture, Beauty and Friendship without speaking a word. The bringing together of diverse faces S&A readers all should know adds a deeper level. Simple yet full of truth. Watch this film immediately! Share it and discuss. #BLACKFILMNOW

  • REELBLACK | February 12, 2013 3:09 AM

    CC
    Wow. You are so passionate. Would love to know where you live where its hard to find these films and exactly what interviews you'd like to see in #BLACKFILMNOW. Please reach out to me on FB or email miked@reelblack.com Thanks!

  • CareyCarey | February 11, 2013 5:34 PM

    Mike, had I heeded the warnings of the proverb "curiosity killed the cat" I wouldn't have reaped the serendipitous rewards of watching this mesmerizing short and recognizing the name REELBLACK.

    Well, this black cat saw your name @ the post 'Precious Jones" And Our Conditioned Classist Thoughts and I couldn't help but wonder what #BLACKFILMNOW was about? So I goggled it. Fortunately my curiosity didn't kill me but I heard Mr. Paul Mooney say these words: "Richard Pryor and I kicked that door down. We didn't open it, we kicked it in. That's why this generation thinks it's their birthright."

    That wasn't all. Interviews with Ava, Haile Gerima, Harry Belafonta, Bernie Mack, Spike Lee, Kerry Washington and many many other key figures in the black diaspora were there. Since I am not located in a large metropolitan area, I had never witnessed such an array of talented black folks in that setting.

    So when I saw your name and Ava Duvernays name in the side bar, I scurried over here. So thank you and thanks to Ava for enriching my day. Everything -- I MEAN EVVVVEEERRRY THANG -- about this short said Grrrrrreat!

Follow Shadow and Act

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • Minority Independent Producers Summit ...
  • John Legend Sets Up Independenlty-Financed ...
  • Fox Picks Up "International 'Bad Boys'-Style" ...
  • Film Based On Convicted African American ...
  • Watch The 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Title ...
  • Films By Abderrahmane Sissako & Philippe ...
  • New Original Feature-Length Doc - 'Kobe ...
  • If You Missed 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind ...
  • First Poster For Latest Denzel Washington/Antoine ...
  • Interview: Marlon Wayans Talks Career, ...