Amy Everson and Jason Banker deliver what’s sure to be an intense and gut-twisting experience in their new docu-narrative, “Felt.” Inspired by Everson’s own life — though to what degree is unclear — “Felt” takes direct aim at modern rape culture. Co-written by the duo, and directed by Banker, the film follows Amy, a woman struggling with the lasting pain of past sexual trauma, which is compounded by the male-dominated world in which she lives. As a coping method, she fabricates male-inspired alter egos, made complete by morbid costumes that endow her with a sense of power she has lost since her assault. However, the personas she invents become increasingly unpredictable and violent. A new red band trailer for the film recently went online — you can check it out below.
Everson is a relatively unknown talent. With only one other credit — voice work on Hernando Bansuelo’s “A Reunion” — audiences are likely to come into theaters (or watch on demand) completely unaccustomed to her. Given the artist’s website alone, it’s worth betting that she’s stepping out onto the scene with a very loud message articulated in a way we might never have seen before. “Felt” is doubtlessly a daring film, and it will be interesting to watch what Everson does in, with, and after her debut. Already, the film is proving a rewarding endeavor for her. Everson was awarded the “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition award for Best Actress at the film’s world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2014.
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Banker, on the other hand, might be slightly more recognizable to moviegoers. Though he’s written and directed in the past (“Toad Road” in 2012), his work as a cinematographer is probably his most familiar to audiences. He frequently works with writer-director Onur Tukel and did three of Tukel’s most recent films — “Richard’s Wedding,” “Summer of Blood,” and this year’s “Applesauce.” With “Felt,” Banker has an outlet to put his eye for composing a shot to use as he sees fit, and whatever you might feel about the film’s content (at least from the trailer), the minute-and-a-half of footage used hint at impressive work for the emerging director.
“Felt” opens on June 26th and will be available on demand July 21st.