Stones We Throw: The Film of the Not So Perfect, Messy Life

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For women, no matter what background you come from, we can all unite under the fact that being a female can be difficult.

Being a female comes with its ups and downs, and “finding the perfect balance” is a phrase that most college females would understand. But this phrase is not only a relatable motto to live by, it’s the official slogan of the upcoming feature film Stones We Throw, written and directed by senior Stephanie Wain. Stones We Throw, discusses the decisions each person makes in their discovery to finding what balance truly means.

Wain, a film major, created the film from personal experience. She attempted to highlight the issues women face during their college years. Women of all ages are able to relate to Wain’s message that life “is messy, and it’s not pretty most of the time.” This film is not about the movie star with a perfect life that many movies now days falsely show. This film encapsulates what it truly means to be a woman in the 21st century. Wain wants to break boundaries and instill a change in females everywhere, especially women in the arts. 

Whether this change is about the way men see women or how women see themselves, Wain’s film is also able to impact more than just a female audience. In attempts to find the perfect balance, each character, some even being males, makes decisions all viewers can relate to. From the frat boy, to the aspiring comedian, or to the LGBTQA activist, there’s something for everyone. It is more than just supporting women’s rights. Rather, Wain believes it is a “mold of people trying to function with each other” and “men are interwoven into the entire story.”

In a similar style, to HBO’s hit series Girls, viewers are further able to connect with Wain’s characters through her witty and dry humor. Inspired by Lena Dunham’s frank honesty in Girls, Wain follows suit in her rough cut alone. Strong female character Carolina jokes about her parents’ divorce in her monologue, and other characters like her are seen throughout the entire film. Similar to Dunham, Wain says “sexuality is a part of this film, as well as things that people at dinner may not want to sit down at dinner and talk about.” Although, you may not want to see this movie with your parent, this 95-minute film is definitely worth taking the time to watch.

For those who relate to Wain’s message or perhaps her aspirations to be a filmmaker and activist, she tells them to keep working and continue to follow what you love doing. Wain hopes to take this film to the 2015 South by South West Film Festival through the donations of supporters. While this film is currently in post-production, be sure to be on the lookout for this up and coming film. For further updates and donations be sure to check out the Stones We Throw website or look at Wain’s editing blog.

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