GLASS is a blurry-real, fictional telling of a personal story. Filmmaker Lily Baldwin was performing on a worldwide tour with David Byrne when a man saw her dance. He has stalked her for 7 years, even after she built a case with the NYC Special Victims Unit for her own safety. He tracked her from New York to LA and was eventually arrested and detained in Rikers. But the case was dismissed because the justice system deemed him mentally ill and unfit for trial. No order of protection could remain intact.
In reality, Lily never once met nor responded to her stalker directly at any point. GLASS transforms the inspiration of her experience into a cinematic and visceral thriller, with the hope that it will spark a necessary discussion around stalking as a form of terrorism.
Today, online identity is cultural cache, it’s our universal alphabet, and it also has a dark side that cannot be ignored. This story boldly speaks directly to our cultural appetite for fantasism and its blind spots -- projection, idealized selves and false intimacy -- so enticing, so destructive. Social media has us offering our private parts for public authorship. What’s the double-edged sword of seeing and being seen? How vulnerable are you? How strong?
GLASS will begin shooting in early 2017. The project has received enthusiastic industry support, including selection for IFP’s Independent Film Week in the Emerging Storytellers program, a FilmHouse Residency from San Francisco Film Society, and a writing residency at the prestigious Screenwriters Colony in Nantucket.
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A driven contemporary dancer turns internet sensation after a crucial critic recognizes her raw talent. When her life is invaded and electronically exposed, she mines a power she didn’t know she had.
Frances Glass is a talented and driven dancer, hungry to create and perform. Nearing 30, she lands a world tour with an androgynous powerhouse rockstar, her big break. She savors the rush of exposure, revealing herself to the gaze of thousands every night onstage, and even more online.
A cultural critic named Shelly recognizes Frances like no other and posts her wild performances on his channel, inspiring her to work even harder. She finally takes her self seriously as an artist. She blows up. Across a thin plane, an unseen fan begins to send Frances a steady stream of seductive texts and messages. Acclaim comes from all directions.
Relationships on the road are intense with the adrenaline of constant applause. Frances parties hard with her fellow dancer Rose, she hooks up with the band’s enigmatic keyboardist Derek, and she tangles with the female bandleader Vynne in a complex alliance laced with competition. One night, when her spontaneous dance prevents Vynne from reaching her mike, Frances is kicked off tour.
Suddenly at loose ends, she’s thrilled when esteemed TV producer Max Forsythe offers her a scripted reality series with Frances as the “renegade” star of the modern dance world. As she throws herself into the new opportunity, her anonymous admirer threatens to derail everything. Frances starts getting strangely personal packages, and realizes someone is watching her from close range. She angrily declines the invasive attention but her stalker pushes her doors open wider, poisoning her cell phone with spyware, accessing her contacts and images, and usurping her online voice. Her private intimacies are exposed against her will, and friends betrayed. She is left alone with just him.
When the police offer no help, Frances realizes she must track down her tormenter herself to reclaim her power. From the bowels of an isolated fear, she turns the tables and walks right into the eye of the predator. Villain and victim blur among the shards of trauma and terror.
Lily Baldwin is a filmmaker and dancer working in NYC and LA. Recent film work includes Sleepover LA (SXSW premiere, Berlinale EFM, Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week), A Juice Box Afternoon (Lincoln Center premiere, Dance on Camera tour), Sea Meadow (SXSW premiere, V&A Museum London, Art Basel Miami, Academy-Qualifying theatrical run). Her films are featured on ShortsHD, Filmmaker Magazine, NOWNESS, and Fandor, and have screened internationally at festivals, art fairs, galleries and museums. Music videos include Blood Orange: Sutphin Boulevard, The Forms: Fire To The Ground, Joan Osborne. Prior to filmmaking, she worked as a professional dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Trisha Brown Dance Company, and other NYC companies. She performed with David Byrne on his Everything That Happens Will Happen Today World Tour, and in its documentary Ride Rise Roar (SXSW). Lily was recently chosen to direct a film on ballerina Misty Copeland for Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall. Her new horror film, Swallowed (Palm Springs ShortFest), is one of five films comprising Collective:Unconscious, the first omnibus feature to premiere in competition at SXSW. She is developing two episodic series, and directing a VR project, Through You, with Saschka Unseld, which received the 2016 Sundance Institute New Frontier / Jaunt VR Residency. Lily was named by ShortsHD as one of “The Top 10 Emerging Directors to Watch.” LilyBaldwin.com
Nancy Schafer is a producer whose most recent production, Transpecos, won the Audience Award at SXSW 2016 and will be released theatrically in September 2016. She is also producing La Barracuda, starring Allison Tolman and JoBeth Williams. She is the Executive Producer of The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Sundance 2014) and Producer of 7 Chinese Brothers (SXSW 2015) starring Jason Schwartzman. She is the Executive Producer of the documentary film Frame by Frame (SXSW 2015), narrative Come Down Molly (Tribeca 2015) as well as American (ESP)ionage. American (ESP)ionage is in production as a documentary while simultaneously being developed for episodic television. Schafer worked at and ran the Tribeca Film Festival from inception until July 2012, a period of 11 years. She was the Executive Director of Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and the Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises (TE). Through TE she began and ran Tribeca Film, Tribeca’s film distribution company. Prior to joining Tribeca, she created and ran the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas for eight years. Schafer also worked on two films from director John Sayles (Sunshine State, Limbo), two from director Robert Byington (Olympia, Shameless) and began her film production career on The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Ariana Garfinkel is an independent film producer with two decades of experience working in the film industry. Through her production company Carriage House Pictures, Ariana most recently produced the feature documentary BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS (SXSW World Premiere, 2016) which will be released theatrically in December 2016. Ariana produced the award-winning feature documentary BOYS OF SUMMER, distributed by Tribeca Film and broadcast by ESPN, PBS, and the Sundance Channel internationally. Past credits include a number of acclaimed documentaries and short films, including TRUMBO, SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL, and Lily Baldwin’s SEA MEADOW and A JUICE BOX AFTERNOON. Ariana previously held positions for ten years in New York City working in development and production at Miramax Films, Tribeca Productions, and Reno Productions. She began her career on location working for productions by HBO Films and Columbia Pictures. Ariana graduated from Stanford University and is currently a FilmHouse Resident at the San Francisco Film Society.
Rose Troche is an award-winning writer, director and producer of film, television, and new media whose work includes: Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, The L Word, Concussion, Sugar, and the Sundance-premiering VR projects Perspective - Chapter 1, The Party and Chapter 2, The Misdemeanor. She is currently Directing Producer of the new Lee Daniels show STAR for Fox. Rose was awarded the Sundance Institute Time Warner Fellowship Program Grant for her VR series LGBTQIA. Troche has recently served as Executive Producer on Little Boxes which sold to Netflix and Consulting Producer on May In the Summer (Sundance 2015) and AWOL (TIFF 2016), and works as a mentor and advisor with Outfest, FIND, QAM, IFP and The Sundance Institute. Troche is also working on her fourth feature film, This Is Not Me.
Guinevere Turner wrote the films Go Fish, American Psycho, and The Notorious Bettie Page. She was a writer and story editor on Showtime’s “The L Word” and her latest feature script about the women who killed for Charles Manson is in pre-production, directed by Mary Harron, director of American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page.
Dagmar Weaver-Madsen, a danish-american, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, received her MFA in cinematography from UCLA, and now splits time between New York and Los Angeles shooting films, music videos, web series, VR, and commercials. Indiewire named her one of 8 cinematographers to watch and her feature work includes Kris Swanberg’s film “Unexpected” which debuted in competition at Sundance 2015 and Carlos Marques Marcet's “10.000KM” which premiered at SXSW 2014, where it received Best Performance for its two leads. Dagmar most recently shot Noël Wells' new feature in Austin, and is also one of the DPs for the critically acclaimed episodic series, "High Maintenance”, first a web series and now for HBO. Her work has been noted and complimented in Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and by the ASC; in 2011 she received the prestigious American Society of Cinematographer's William A. Fraker ASC Heritage Award for her work on Alex DeMille’s "The Absence."
Mark degli Antoni is a composer and performer based in LA and NYC, and a Sundance Composer Fellow. He is a regular collaborator of director Werner Herzog (Into the Abyss, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World). Other recent scores include Tom Brown’s comedy Pushing Dead, featuring Danny Glover, James Roday and Robin Weigert. He is a long time music creator for director Lily Baldwin, most recently on her film Swallowed. Mark is currently scoring the feature Darker Than Blue, directed by Matt Ruskin, starring Keith Stanfield, Nestor Carbonell. As a performer, he is a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed band Soul Coughing and has performed and recorded with David Byrne, Angelique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, among others. markdegliantoni.com
Susan Shopmaker is one of independent film's most respected casting directors, with over 25 years of feature film credits to her name. She won the Casting Society of America's Artio Award for Sean Durkin’s acclaimed Sundance drama MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE in 2014, and was also nominated for the features JAMES WHITE, AFTERSCHOOL, and Disney's ENCHANTED She has previously cast such films as John Cameron Mitchell’s HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH & SHORTBUS and John Slattery’s GOD’S POCKET (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman) .Susan also served as Executive Producer on films including Lance Edmand’s BLUEBIRD and Andrew Neel’s KING KELLY & Antonio Campos' AFTERSCHOOL. She handled New York casting for ENCHANTED, Nancy Meyers’ SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, THE HOLIDAY with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, and Mark Waters’ MEAN GIRLS. Shopmaker’s television credits include Showtime’s “Trending Down,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by John Cameron Mitchell; The Sundance Channel’s “Tanner on Tanner,” directed by Robert Altman, written by Garry Trudeau; and MTV’s “Skins."
Lily's personal account of being stalked for the past seven years in the October Issue of Glamour Magazine, online here.
For more information about this movement, visit StopStalkingUs.com. #StopStalkingUs #InvisibleViolence
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