M.F.A. (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byNatalia Leite
Produced byMike Manning
Leah McKendrick
Shintaro Shimosawa
Written byLeah McKendrick
StarringFrancesca Eastwood
Clifton Collins Jr.
Leah McKendrick
Peter Vack
David Huynh
Marlon Young
David Sullivan
Michael Welch
Mike Manning
Music bySonya Belousova
CinematographyAaron Kovalchik
Edited byPhil Bucci
GTE Productions
Syncretic Entertainment
Villainess Productions
Distributed byDark Sky Films
Release date
  • March 13, 2017 (2017-03-13) (SXSW)
  • October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

M.F.A. is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Natalia Leite and written by Leah McKendrick. The film stars Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr., Leah McKendrick, Peter Vack, David Huynh, Marlon Young, David Sullivan, Michael Welch and Mike Manning. The film was released on October 13, 2017, by Dark Sky Films.


Noelle, an introvert California fine arts graduate student, accepts an invitation to a party by a handsome classmate she has a crush on, only to be lured into his room where he rapes her. The following night Noelle confronts her rapist and in a moment of rage, accidentally kills him. But, much to her surprise, an unexpected surge of inspiration will gradually fuel both her stagnant artistic expression and her thirst for revenge on those who assaulted the lives of innocent women. Now, Noelle becomes a pitiless vigilante who uses her newly-found sex-appeal to serve her cause. When she attacks the man who many years before assaulted her friend Skye, she is found out by Skye and later the police. At the end, after the ceremony in which she receives her Master of Fine Arts degree and speaks as valedictorian, she is arrested.



The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 13, 2017.[1][2] On June 8, 2017, Dark Sky Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[3] The film was released on October 13, 2017, by Dark Sky Films.[4]


  1. ^ a b Andrew Barker (2017-03-21). "'M.F.A.' Review". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  2. ^ Kate Erbland (2017-03-15). "'M.F.A.' Review: Francesca Eastwood Breaks Out in Rape Revenge Drama". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  3. ^ Dave McNary (2017-06-08). "Francesca Eastwood's SXSW Movie 'M.F.A.' Goes to Dark Sky". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  4. ^ Clark Collis (2017-10-13). "Francesca Eastwood: Sexual assault discussion featured in M.F.A. clip". Ew.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17.

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