First and foremost: I’m A HUGE FAN OF EVERYTHING INDIE: I’m an indie writer myself and I have always loved and supported indie bands, indie movies and artists in general (will soon make a list of my favorite ones on Insta).
So, when I was given the chance to watch LIKE GLASS, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.
LIKE GLASS is an indie movie written and produced by Davi Armanino, the magician who coordinates everything at the CW Room. Davi can send out zoom invitations, organize online event, and edit a video, all while preventing their little dog from destroying each and every single item in their apartment!
LIKE GLASS is a short, so I can’t really tell you much about the plot and its twists, because I’d totally spoil it for you. The main character is Zion, a non-binary club kid magnificently played by Jesse James Keitel who’s also non-binary in real life.
Zion is grappling with their gender fluid identity, which also causes them to reflect on number of other existential questions and doubts, especially since they have a boyfriend they care about who doesn’t understand how they feel about themselves and their identity.
Besides the talent of the cast and director, Andrew K. Meyer, what struck me the most about this movie is its aesthetic: although there’s nothing Japanese about it, somehow it reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies since, like Miyazaki’s anime, every last detail here is aimed at pleasing the eye.
Everything and everyone is beautiful here: the cast, the costumes, New York, the set design!
Each single shot is beautiful and beautifully linked to the following one, like notes in a legato sung by a skilled soprano. Still, beauty isn’t everything: just like in Miyazaki’s movies, it’s just a tool to tell you a deep, engaging story about identity, and not only Zion’s, but also that of the many other characters they encounter during their self-discovery journey, showing many nuances in the LGBT community that are almost never represented in American movies which usually avoid difficult inter-community conversations and discussions about discrimination inside the community itself.
Really, this short has it all: whether you are more attracted to general aesthetic and beautiful people and landscapes, or you are more into deep conversations and internal struggles, you MUST see this movie! Also, just check on indie movies in general, there’s a lot of good stuff out there, ignored by mainstream media!
Now, you MUST CHECK THE LINK BELOW:
Davi’s website: https://daviarmanino.com/like-glass-1
The CW Room ‘s website: https://www.thecwroom.com/