Camille Schmoutz’s St Esther Day is an elaborate period drama about the clash of socioeconomic classes in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century. St Esther Day is an excellent example of how much story can be told, how much atmosphere can be evoked and how much social relevance can be conveyed in a short film. Produced in Shreveport specifically for submission for the 2019 Louisiana Film Prize’s $50,000 top award, the film took advantage of the city’s unique locations and ambiance.
The story revolves around a Swedish immigrant housekeeper who is quietly outraged by her snobbish upper class widowed employer whose imperious behavior impacts the woman’s sheltered daughter as well as her own. Based on a true story, the film is a beacon of feminism. It also a shining example of the film production stimulated by the unique Louisiana film Prize competition. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE