Clifton girls

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my one hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.
—  Lucille Clifton, ‘Won’t You Celebrate With Me’

M.F.A. will be released on October 13 via Dark Sky Films. The powerful rape-revenge thriller takes on the issue of sexual violence on campus. It received a Grand Jury Award nomination at SXSW earlier this year.

Directed by Natalia Leite (Bare), M.F.A. stars Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms), and Peter Vack (Mozart in the Jungle).

A trailer is expected soon. Until then, here’s the synopsis:

Noelle (Francesca Eastwood), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born - retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.

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listen,
you a wonder.
you a city
of a woman.
you got a geography
of your own.

listen,
somebody need a map
to understand you.
somebody need directions
to move around you.

listen,
woman,
you not a no place
anonymous
girl;
mister with his hands on you
he got his hands on
some
damn
body!


~ Lucille Clifton

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How far would you go to ensure justice is served? That’s the question asked in the trailer for M.F.A., which addresses the topical issue of sexual violence on campus. The trailer alone is not easy to watch, but it’s powerful.

Directed by Natalia Leite (Bare), the thriller stars Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms), and Peter Vack (Mozart in the Jungle).

M.F.A. opens in select theaters and on VOD on October 13 via Dark Sky Films.

Noelle (Francesca Eastwood), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born - retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.