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Watch: Lena Dunham Directs Short Film 'Best Friends' for Designer Rachel Antonoff

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 27, 2013 at 4:29PM

The second season of "Girls" may have just ended, but Lena Dunham has yet to take a breath. The ever-productive writer/director/actress just released a new short film promoting New York designer Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2013 line. She's the sister of Dunham's boyfriend Jack Antonoff, guitarist for the Grammy-winning band Fun. (The NYT's power sibling profile is here.)
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Lena Dunham in "Girls"
Lena Dunham in "Girls"

The second season of "Girls" may have just ended, but Lena Dunham has yet to take a breath. The ever-productive writer/director/actress just released a new short film promoting New York designer Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2013 line. She's the sister of Dunham's boyfriend Jack Antonoff, guitarist for the Grammy-winning band Fun. (The NYT's power sibling profile is here.)

In "Best Friends," Dunham directs sister Grace Dunham and NYT fashion writer Alice Gregory as too-close gal pals who engage in private rituals, share the same opinions and know almost everything about each other, including how they take their toast. The short-film-commercial, narrated by Adam Driver (Adam on "Girls"), is more precious than Dunham's often uncomfortably frank series, recalling the ingenue days of her "Delusional Downtown Divas" webseries.

But as with all her work, including the 2010 indie feature "Tiny Furniture," Dunham continues to explore the terrain of female dynamics. In the season finale of "Girls," all we ever see of Hannah's would-be eBook is one sentence that could be the Rosetta stone for all of Dunham's artistic interests: "A friendship between two college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance." 

View the short film "Best Friends" below.

This article is related to: Lena Dunham, Girls, Adam Driver


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.