THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT begins when Emily Parris exposes a secret society of teenage girls who have slipped out of the world of social media and into another world they’ve discovered in the woods at night. Accusing them of committing sexually deviant activities, Emily’s allegations throw the small American town of Kingston, New York, into an atmosphere of hysteria and the national media spotlight. The mystery deepens when each of the accused upholds a vow of silence. Emily Parris also has secrets, the ones she doesn’t choose to reveal on her blog, which has suddenly rocketed to national acclaim, dubbing
her a “Teenage Healer in the Digital Age.”
The Sisterhood of Night chronicles a group of girls’ provocative alternative to the loneliness of adolescence, along the way revealing the tragedy and humour of teenage
years changed forever by the Internet age. [x]
The Sisterhood of Night is the debut feature film of the American director Caryn Waechter, and the Taiwanese-American screenwriter Marilyn Fu. In 2012 they launched a Kickstarter campaign, after 36 days they became the second highest funded narrative project. In addition to this, they team also launched a contest to get teens (mostly girls) involved with the process. Teens could submit original work in four categories: photography, performance, fashion, and music. The winner in each category would then have their work featured in the movie. The idea was to get teens to be a part of all kinds of arts, and to get real teens involved with the movie. In 2007, Marilyn Fu won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award at the Tribeca Film Festival for this screenplay.
The movie started shooting late 2012, and British actress Georgie Henley, American actress Kara Hayward, Australian actress Olivia DeJonge, Chinese-born American actress Willa Cuthrell, and American actor Kal Penn were cast as the main characters. The cast is almost entirely female, as well as a female director and screenwriter. Waechter and Fu are both open feminists and said to have worked hard to get each female character to be unique and stong, and well rounded. Director Caryn Waechter won Best Female Director at the Woodstock Film Festival where the movie had it’s world premiere.
Sisterhood is a modern version of the Salem witch trials, a witch hunt in today’s Internet culture that plays on gossip. It explores the dark side of social media, how people twist stories around and ruin lives as one of the Sisterhood girls becomes a target of cyberbullying. Though the heart of the story is about how teens connect with each other through art, friendship, and the power of secrets.
This movie premieres in cinemas and on VOD on April 10th and I ask you to please watch it. Support women in media, watch it to learn that what you say on the internet can actually lead to horrible consequences.