Amplify has just acquired the North American rights for Jason Banker’s character study film “Felt” in a deal organized by Nate Bolotin and Mette-Marie Katz of XYZ Films (on behalf of the filmmakers) and Dylan Marchetti (on behalf of Amplify). The film follows the real life of co-writer and protagonist Amy Everson, who received a best actress award at Fantastic Fest for her performance.
Banker explores the psyche of a young woman who attempts “to overcome both a past trauma and the subtle aggressions she experiences daily from the men in her world by immersing herself in her art. By-appropriating the male form into an unpredictable alter-ego, she may be pushing away her friends, but the power and domination she feels is the only thing that finally may allow her to heal,” according to Amplify’s synopsis.
The film blends the documentary form and fictional narrative through Banker’s stylized approach. Amplify’s Dylan Marchetti described the film as something that “defies genre in the absolute best way. It’s a baseball bat to the face of rape culture, and that’s something that’s sorely needed. It’s cliche to say ‘I’ve never seen a film like this’, but I’ve never seen a film like ‘Felt’ and neither have you.”
The co-writer and central subject of the film, Amy Everson, explained that the project “is a deeply personal film and the way it’s resonated with people highlights the importance of having serious discussion about how society treats women. I am grateful it’s being distributed by a company that understands this and wants to spread awareness with us.”
“Felt” will be released to U.S. and Canadian theaters in April 2015, with a digital/home video release to follow.