Jamie Foxx is mostly known as a high caliber actor. He wowed audiences with his Academy Award winning performance as Ray Charles in the biopic Ray, he recently played the President of the United States in Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, and he’s the villain Electro in Marc Webb’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Showing that he’s also a very versatile artist, Foxx has now written and directed his first short film.
…And She Was My Eve is Foxx’s move to the other side of the camera. He wrote and directed the short for Canon’s Project Imaginat10n photo contest for producer Ron Howard. The film was created from 10 still images from the winners of the contest. Foxx described his film as “ Frankenstein on acid,” and it follows a socially awkward (yet ripped) man who builds his own woman from various parts of corpses, getting more than he bargained for in the end.
After years in front of the camera, Foxx wanted an opportunity to work behind it, to create something from his imagination, drawing from his experience working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Foxx said, “I’ve watched over the shoulder of some of the best directors in the world: Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Antoine Fuqua, Taylor Hackford. A lot of those shots that I used in my short was directly from rubbing up against those guys.”
While Eve is a good first effort, Foxx wants to continue to expand his resume away from acting. Earlier this year, he signed on to produce, write, and direct a new horror series for the SyFy Channel called 31 Days Of Halloween, which is described as a mix between Tales From The Crypt and The Twilight Zone. So …And She Was My Eve won’t be the last time you see the credit “written and directed by Jamie Foxx.” He said, “It gave me the bug. I want to be able to do things with no constraints and really just go at it. I’ve got a couple of comedies I want to make and a thriller I want to direct.”
Project Imaginat10n combines still photography with filmmaking. After thousands of images were submitted to the contest, 91 were chosen as winners. Canon teamed up five celebrity directors and five contest winners to choose 10 of these to create a short film. Along with Foxx, the other stars were Eva Longoria, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman, and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.
…And She Was My Eve really feels like a first film. It’s bonkers. The short feels more like a fever dream than a straightaway narrative, as Foxx re-imagines the classic Frankenstein story. Although I’m fairly lukewarm on the movie, I’m opposed to seeing more films from the Academy Award winning actor. Foxx shows promise with a visual eye, and his film is strange enough to be interesting.
Watch the other short films in Canon’s Project Imaginat10n on their official website.