Kristen Stewart to make directorial debut with short film about the power of women

Chloe Sevigny and Gabourey Sidibe are also directing films for the Refinery29 series

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Kristen Stewart has made no secret of her behind-the-camera ambitions and now, the actress is preparing to make her directorial debut.

The 26-year-old is making a short film about the power of women, tentatively called Water, for the new 12-part ShatterBox Anthology series created by female filmmakers for digital publisher Refinery29.

The series will “explore the dynamics of power”, with the women taking part offered creative support from Women at Sundance and Killer Films founders Pamela Coffer and Christine Vachon.

Chloe Sevigny’s short film Kitty will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, while Empire actress Gabourey Sidibe is also directing one, titled A Tale of Four Women

Stewart said recently that she wanted to kickstart her directing career as soon as the right story came along. “I really want to,” she said. “I started working when I was nine. I love this industry. I love what movies can do so I’ll find my story.”

The Clouds of Sil Maria star finds that working in the film industry helps her “learn more” about herself. “I see it as a means of looking more deeply into your own psychology when you’re attempting to understand what makes your characters behave the way they do and who they really are,” she said, adding that she finds similar persona value in “just living every day and being with other people”.