The first word on Felt, a horror thriller with what’s being referred to as a “shocking” ending, landed in our inbox recently so of course we had to share the details with you all. Considering that it focus on our current “rape culture,” it couldn’t be more timely!
Felt follows the real-life story of artist Amy Everson, who struggles to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society. Throughout the film Amy tries to take back the power she lost in her sexual assault by wearing costumes that re-appropriate the male form, which ends up pushing her further into a world of her own making.
Once producer/director Jason Banker was introduced to Amy’s world, he became fascinated with her story and her art and decided to make a film based on her experiences that blurs the line between narrative and documentary.
Banker co-wrote the film with Everson, who also stars. Her co-stars include Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara, and Roxanne Lauren Knouse.
Amy is an artist hanging on by a thread. Trying to overcome a recent trauma while coping with the subtle aggressions she experiences daily from the men around her, Amy’s art turns toward the creation of grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power and domination she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further from her friends and into her own world. When she meets Kenny, a seemingly nice guy who wants to understand her, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost.
Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson and completely blurring the line between narrative and documentary, co-writer/director/producer Jason Banker’s Felt doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off.