Next fall, Amandla Stenberg will venture behind camera to attend film school at NYU. Ahead of her collegiate endeavor, the 17-year old actress, best known for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, has shared a coming-of-age short titled Blue Girls Burn Fast.
Stenberg was at the helm every step of the way, acting as producer, writer, and director of the 19-minute movie. The story follows a spunky foster kid called Andy as she navigates friendship, love, and family as a young adult seeking to find herself. As she struggles to strike a balance in her home life, a mysterious neighbor arrives to pull her into a string of impromptu trips that shake up her perspective.
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Stenberg first teasted the flick on Instagram, revealing it was her application for admission into NYU. “It’s very personal to my heart,” she wrote, noting that her best friends Bailey Wait and November Rivera also contributed to the project. Blue Girls Burn Fast stars Leeza Lester, Julia Rocha, Kelley Smith Wait, Duke Nicholson, and Kyleigh Booker.
At only 15, Stenberg wrote, directed, and shot her first short, entitled The Yellow Wallpaper, in 2014. The 13-minute film was inspired by a story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, diving into the world of a woman who settles into a new home under rigid control from her husband and is driven into psychosis.
Stenberg last appeared in teen drama As You Are, and signed on for George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give adaption in March. She also recently co-wrote a new comic book franchise, NIOBE: She is Life, alongside author Sebastian A. Jones.
Watch Blue Girls Burn Fast above.