Struggling with phantom-limb syndrome after a dinner date severs her hand, Lily is given a therapeutic mirror box that enables an unexpected paranormal ability. A super inventive experimental dramedy that tackles the dead-serious subject of gendered violence and the social conditionings that enable it.
– Mitch Davis, Artistic Director
Fantasia International Film Festival
Lily's Mirror - 17:05
Written & Directed by Linnea Frye & Adam Pinney
Produced by Megan Dahl
Director of Photography Katie Hawkins
"A fresh and engaging satire from co-writers/co-directors Linnea Frye and Adam Pinney, Lily’s Mirror is a brilliant, hilarious, wholly inventive, and ultimately damning takedown of the quotidian nature of gendered violence and society’s laissez-faire attitude toward male entitlement...The short’s wry, lightly absurdist, and darkly comedic tone is perfectly supported by each member of its cast, with standout performances by Frye and Jamie Moore, whose pompous misogynist news anchor Tim Davis exudes just the right amount of self-satisfied smarm and petulance. A special nod goes to Shane Morton for the special effects."
"...Steeped in black humour but delivered dead straight, this is a film focused on pointing up absurdities in the real world. There are no weak links in the cast, all of whose members work well together, and Frye makes us feel for Lily even when she shows surprisingly limited concern for herself. The world it represents reflects our so closely that you might easily experience its characters’ concerns as your own."
"A shocking opening leads to one of the sharpest takedowns of the patriarchy I’ve seen in quite some time. Lily receives a therapeutic mirror allowing her to take back the power so freely stolen by men. The depiction of the erasure of women is a comic and creative chef’s kiss. I didn’t think it was possible to make misogyny funny, but the script is carefully crafted. I found myself nodding, laughing, and exclaiming, “This is sheer perfection.” ... A slow, celebratory clap for everyone involved."
"I loved every single minute of this short and it definitely deserves to be a full-length movie...This movie exists in its own world with its own rules, a place at once brighter and darker than our own, yet one that has the same issue with the same men getting away with the same crimes."
"... While the film is darkly comedic and quite entertaining, it tackles some pretty heavy and deadly serious subject matter without ever feeling preachy. The idea of gendered violence, and the social structure that empowers perpetrators while shaming victims, is explored with inventive creativity and wit.
Lily’s Mirror won Best Short at the fest, and it’s a well-deserved win for a film that proves social horror can be quite engaging and impactful — even without the real-life trauma hitting with blunt force.
Film festivals are a crucial part of the journey of an independent film, and we are honored to be selected to screen at festivals all over the world. Your generous donation will make it possible to attend these renowned fests in person, giving Lily's Mirror the best life it can possibly have.
Our deepest thanks,
Megan, Linnea, and Adam