Mickey Sumner’s short film I’m Listening was shot in response to Maven Screen Media’s WITH/IN short film initiative for Tribeca Film Festival 2021. The directive was simple: Using an iPhone and whatever’s easily at your disposal, shoot a short film dealing with quarantine life in 2020. It’s not as if there wasn’t a surplus of storytelling angles, themes and emotions available, considering how much everyone’s lives changed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In I’m Listening, a young mother takes care of her young child while isolated in a cabin while her husband is away. With her phone as the only connection to the outside world she relies heavily on Siri who becomes a source of comfort and also a foe when Siri starts taking matters beyond obeying direct commands. Played on the edges of Sci-Fi and comedy it is a unique take on our reliance and relationship with technology. Sumner directed and stars in the film. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE.