Shorts Spotlight: Vanity
In this sly dark comedy from director Arturo Perez Jr., the audience observes Libby (played by Samantha Jayne who also wrote the script) as she gets ready for a night out on the town. Invited to an event by a guy she is clearly interested in, Libby is a bit perturbed by the fact that he insisted she bring her friend Molly (Justine Herron) along as well. Using magazine quotes to help build up her self-esteem, Libby soon discovers that the inspirational sayings may be doing her more harm than good. Through the film’s deceptively simple premise, Jayne’s script manages to offer brilliantly pointed commentary about female insecurities and the subtle ways in which the media perpetuates them.
Director: Arturo Perez Jr. / USA / 2015 / 4 minutes
Starring: Samantha Jayne and Justine Herron