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    these 'twilight' mini-movies are darker than you imagined

    feminist 'twilight' is pretty dark

    by jenny lee July 14, 2015

    photo courtesy of lionsgate

    Those who still haven't quite yet gotten over their Twilight fandom will be happy to hear that the franchise is being continued on—this time, by feminists.

    Back in October, series creator Stephenie Meyer and LionsGate announced a contest called “The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga,” in which they would choose and finance five female filmmakers to direct mini Twilight spin-offs. Then, a badass group of panelists including Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, and Meyer herself would choose winners to mentor. The news of this new Twilight project with a feminist edge excited fans and non-fans alike.

    Now the mini-movies have finally been released online, and we have to say—they are pretty freaking good. And if you were expecting all of the short films to be sappy love stories or vampires making out, you may be surprised to note that some of these are quite dark. But genre aside, they all show the capabilities and prowesses of these female directors who have done fantastic jobs in creating these shorts.

    Click through to view the films. 

    The Groundskeeper

    Watch #TwilightStories short THE GROUNDSKEEPER and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!In THE GROUNDSKEEPER, Alice and her fearless confidante grapple with the grave choices they are forced to make when a unique kind of hunter has Alice in his sights. Directed by Nicole Eckenroad.

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    The Groundskeeper - Written by Sarah Turi Boshear; directed by Nicole Eckenroad.
    In The Groundskeeper, Alice and her fearless confidante grapple with the grave choices they are forced to make when a unique kind of hunter has Alice in his sights. 
    Sunrise

    Watch #TwilightStories short SUNRISE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!Terrified that his own special power has caused so much harm, Benjamin turns away from the world. SUNRISE details Benjamin's return to his human roots, where he can no longer hide from the girl that stole his heart long ago. Directed by Amanda Tasse.

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    SunriseWritten by Alanna Smith; directed by Amanda Tasse.
    Terrified that his own special power has caused so much harm, Benjamin turns away from the world. Sunrise details Benjamin's return to his human roots, where he can no longer hide from the girl who stole his heart long ago.
    Turncoats

    Watch #TwilightStories short TURNCOATS and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, TURNCOATS explores the characters and events that forged Garrett and Carlisle’s enduring friendship. Directed by Lindsey Hancock Williamson.

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    TurncoatsWritten and directed by Lindsey Hancock Williamson.
    Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Turncoats explores the trying events that forged Garrett and Carlisle’s lasting friendship. 
    The Mary Alice Brandon File

    Watch #TwilightStories short THE MARY ALICE BRANDON FILE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!Set as a moody period drama with a pinch of Gothic mystery, THE MARY ALICE BRANDON FILE explores Alice's resilient spirit as her dark past is revealed. Directed by Kailey and Samantha Spear.

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    The Mary Alice Brandon FileWritten and directed by Kailey and Sam Spear.
    Perhaps the darkest of the bunch, this moody Gothic drama reveals the story of Alice’s tragic past—and the origin of her resilient spirit. 
    Consumed

    Watch #TwilightStories short CONSUMED and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!CONSUMED is the emotional story of Jane's past. Like her brother Alec, Jane was always "special," but in their quaint hamlet, their specialness inspires scorn and has terrible consequences until a mysterious stranger comes along and takes an unusual interest in them. Directed by Maja Fernqvist.

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    ConsumedWritten by Cullyn Doerfler and Megan L. Reese; directed by Maja Fernqvist.
    Young twins Jane and Alec were always special, but their specialness leads to terrible consequences—that is, until a mysterious stranger named Aro comes along and takes an unusual interest in them. 
    We've Met Before

    Watch #TwilightStories short film WE'VE MET BEFORE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!In WE'VE MET BEFORE, Alice and Jasper meet for the first time...or so it would seem. As the conversation evolves, the history of their true and everlasting love is coyly revealed. Directed by Yulin Kuang.

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    We've Met Before - Written by Thea Green; directed by Yulin Kuang.
    Shippers, rejoice! Fall in love with Alice and Jasper all over again with this sweet story that recalls the moment Alice and Jasper meet for the first time…or so it would seem. As the conversation evolves, the history of their true and everlasting love is revealed. We’re already swooning. 
     
    Masque

    Watch #TwilightStories short film MASQUE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!After her transformation, Esme's struggle to overcome her craving for human blood is only intensified by the painful memories of her tragedy-ridden past. In MASQUE, Carlisle helps Esme find hope for the future...and maybe even a family. Directed by Cate Carson.

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    MasqueDirected by Cate Carson.

    After her transformation, Esme struggles to overcome her craving for human blood as painful memories from her tragedy-ridden past haunt her. But with Carlisle Cullen by her side, she’s able to find hope for the future. You might want to pay close attention to this one because there’s a Edward shout-out you don’t want to miss.

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