Skintight: A Film by Ciara Boniface

Short Film: “Skintight” — Written and Directed by Ciara Boniface


A few weeks ago, I got wind of Skintight, a horror short written and directed by Ciara Boniface, a 20-year-old student filmmaker at the University of North Texas. Boniface’s story is unique in that she was the winner, out of more than 1,200 aspiring filmmakers, of Ava DuVernay‘s A Wrinkle in Time Visionary Filmmaker Contest earlier this year. Part of the award: $100,000 to put toward a future film project.

Ciara Boniface and Ava DuVernay
Ciara Boniface, left, and Ava DuVernay

But let’s get back to Skintight: It’s the rather unsettling story of a young Black woman (played by Morgan Calhoun) who becomes the target of a cult in a small Texas town.

According to Boniface, the story is based, in part, on the fear of being stalked, something she had discussed with her friends. Another inspiration: Jordan Peele‘s Oscar-winning hit horror classic Get Out.

Skintight by Ciara Boniface
A disturbing image from “Skintight,” a short horror film by Ciara Boniface.

Skintight is an important story to tell because it’s based on actual events, in a way, and it’s also something that people aren’t really talking about as much,” Boniface said in an interview with the North Texas Daily. “I guess it’s mainly inspired by Get Out because of the social conversation that it could start.”

Does Skintight have the potential to be the next Get Out? I guess we’ll soon see — Boniface is using the award money to fund a feature-length version of the story.

Check out Skintight above and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

[Ciara Boniface Official Website]

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