Comedy, Short Films, 12-May-2022
In order to finally be seen, a forlorn teenager takes the biggest action of her life: auditioning to be church cantor at her Christian high school. Kate McCarthy directs “Look, Mira,” a coming-of-age comedy delivered with colorful verve, a sweet-natured take on not fitting in. Overly sensitive from an early age, Mira is quick to shed tears and struggles to find friends — she lies about having her ear pierced to a group of cool girls, but they still don’t want her in their pictures. Though she has been quietly singing to herself for years, she’s never taken it public. Once her mom hears her voice, though, she agrees that Mira should try out for hymn leader at school church services. Meanwhile, Mira has also been developing a crush on a popular boy at school, which complicates her ambitions. Teeming with comedic detail and pinpointed observations of teen life, McCarthy’s film quickly and vividly builds Mira’s interior life as a battle against herself and her own desires. -KA. Writer, Director, Kate McCarthy. Cast: Mariana Carvajal, Ingrid Safranek, Daniel Ferrell, Grace Freud. Director of Photography: Bethany Michalski. Editor: Angela Juzswik. Producers: Kalid Hussein, Kate McCarthy, Steven Kreager, Bennett Lees.