Short Films

Watch Ava DuVernay's Short Film 'The Door' Starring Gabrielle Union and More

Wonderful short, excellent music and cinematography

Gabrielle Union in The Door
Gabrielle Union in The Door
Photo: Miu Miu

Ava DuVernay made an impact on 2012 with her film Middle of Nowhere as did her lead actress Emayatzy Corinealdi and today a new short film from DuVernay has premiered as part of the Miu Miu Women's Tales collection, this being the fifth installment in what is described as a "celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change."

The title of the short is The Door and it's described by DuVernay as follows:

"In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves... 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."

The short features Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye (Pariah) and singer-songwriter Goapele and some great music. The first song, "Turn Your Lights On" by Emantive and Ahu sounds like something Prince would have produced and the second song, "Chameleon" (Applejac's Sounds of Mecca Mix) reminded me a lot of N'Dambi's "Deep" (listen here). Finally, Goapele's "For Love" was solid as well, although at first I thought it might end up being a remix of that "Hello (I Just Came to Say)" song that played on those first iPad commercials.

Additionally, the cinematography from Bradford Young (Middle of Nowhere, Pariah) is great, particularly that shot above. He went ultra widescreen for this shoot, shooting in what looks like 2.75:1.

Anyway, check it out below and you can click here to watch four more shorts in the series from directors Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and the director of Last Night, Massy Tadjedin.

Oh, and I also love this shot of Goapele, it reminds me of the cover art for Prince's "Rainbow Children" album.

Goapele in The Door
Goapele in The Door
Photo: Miu Miu
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  • NY

    Great short. I still have to see Middle of Nowhere.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tieuellegacy Tieuel Legacy! Motion

    Interesting comparison to Rainbow Children. Didn't think of that one.

  • Lenay

    Don't see how the cover is like Rainbow Children. It's just jazz art. The OP is probably a Prince fanboy...you know EEEVERYTHING is influenced by Prince lol

  • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

    DuVernay creates some very striking images here. This short seems to pull in elements and themes from DuVernay's two previous films 'Middle of Nowhere' (2012) and 'I Will Follow' (2011), which if you haven't seen, check it out.

    In both, you have a black woman dealing with loss. In 'I Will Follow', the woman deals with the loss of an older female figure.

    In 'Middle of Nowhere' and this short film, the woman deals with the loss of the man she loves. Obviously, the circumstances are different, vastly different, but like 'I Will Follow', which also takes place all in one house, the woman is visited by a series of people who help to lift her out her seeming funk.

    In both 'I Will Follow' and this short film, music plays a significant role. In 'I Will Follow', music is used more textually rather than sub-textually to develop character. In this short film, music is used here to express mood and emotion.

    The music here is more representative and typical of African-American culture whereas in 'I Will Follow', the music subverts expectation about African-American culture and breaks stereotype. The glamorous production design and structure here equally subverts expectations. It's all extremely well done.