Director Biography – Caitlyn Sponheimer (I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU)

Caitlyn Sponheimer is a Canadian filmmaker and actor. Caitlyn’s directorial debut, “Kitty’s Naughty Knickers” (2019/dark comedy), was nominated by the Director’s Guild of Canada for Best Short Film. Caitlyn co-wrote, co-produced and starred as April in Warren Sulatycky’s feature, “April in Autumn”, one of six features invited by Telefilm to the Cannes Marché du Film under Best of Canadian Cinema. In 2019, Caitlyn reunited with Warren to collaborate on his second feature “Jasmine Road”, Caitlyn produced and starred in the film. Caitlyn’s short script “Monster in Our Heads” was a 2017 Screen Craft Semifinalist. Caitlyn was the lead writer and script editor of a largely popular YouTube Channel throughout 2018 which she left to begin directing. Caitlyn studied in New York at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, was a voting member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and now works in various roles across the mediums of film, television, and video games.

Director Statement

“I Want To Be Like You” is a science-fiction inspired, thriller short about body image and the pressures young women place on themselves to meet societally-imposed beauty standards. It examines the internal conflict that women face in a world inundated with media overly critical of female beauty and form. Through this, we follow two young women seeking satisfaction through altering their appearances.

Ultimately, the theme is about happiness or the lack thereof; where we seek it and how illusive it can be if we place it outside ourselves.

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