feature: x-men’s storm gets darker dystopian tribute in maya glick’s independent fan film ‘rain’

May 17, 2016

A while back we previewed artist/performer Maya Glick’s short film project ‘RAIN’—a fan-fiction short derived from punk versions of X-Men’s Storm, the darker, dystopian story arcs within the Marvel’s X-Men Universe, as well as Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith’s comic LifeDeath. The project was born out of Glick’s own experience battling crippling depression and her desire to fill in the gaps where, she felt, Hollywood had under-portrayed or misrepresented black women in fiction. “As an artist, I tend to fill in gaps for myself. Like, I don’t like most music as it is… so I became a musician and made my own,” she said. In addition to starring in the film, Glick wrote it as well. “I needed to see this version of this character represented in a way that I can relate to– with some darkness and depth and anger… going through some shit and transforming. I needed to see that story, so I wrote it.”

‘RAIN’ was directed by Zane Rutledge and Jeff Stolhand and produced by Matt Joyce. The independent, non-profit film is in no way endorsed by Marvel Comics or Twentieth Century Fox. Watch it down below!!!

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