The Light of the Moon
|The Light of the Moon|
|Directed by||Jessica M. Thompson|
|Produced by||Jessica M. Thompson|
|Written by||Jessica M. Thompson|
|Music by||David Torn|
|Edited by||Jessica M. Thompson|
Big Vision Creative
|Distributed by||Imagination Worldwide|
|March 24, 2017 (SXSW)|
November 1, 2017 (Theatrical)
The Light of the Moon is a 2017 American drama film written, directed, and edited by Jessica M. Thompson. It stars Stephanie Beatriz as Bonnie, a woman who was sexually assaulted in New York City and covers a six week period following the assault and deals with the resulting impact on her and the changes in her relationships.
After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.
- Stephanie Beatriz as Bonnie
- Michael Stahl-David as Matt
- Conrad Ricamora as Jack
- Catherine Curtin as Kirra
- Olga Merediz as Mariana
- Cindy Cheung as Joanna
- Susan Heyward as Grace
- Heather Simms as Detective Becca Miller
- Craig Walker as Detective Daniel Lambert
The Light of The Moon premiered in March 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, where it won the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Competition and was purchased for distribution by Imagination Worldwide. Amazon has acquired the streaming rights to the film it will be released on the Amazon Video Direct platform in early 2018.
The film will have a limited North American theatrical release in November 2017.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 97%, based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's critical consensus states, "The Light of the Moon traces one woman's tortured journey beyond sexual assault with powerful empathy, marking writer-director Jessica M. Thompson as a talent to watch." Metacritic gave the film a score of 76 out of 100 based on 9 critical reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The Light of The Moon was positively reviewed in both The Hollywood Reporter, which stated that "Beatriz and Stahl-David have a combustible energy" and in Variety, which said the film was "harrowingly effective" and "brutally frank without ever lapsing into exploitation. Sensitive without ever being sanctimonious."
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipients||Result|
|Calgary International Film Festival||October 1, 2017||Best International Feature||The Light of the Moon||Nominated|
|People's Choice Award - Best Narrative Feature||The Light of the Moon||Nominated|
|London Film Festival||October 14, 2017||Audience Award - Best Feature||The Light of the Moon||Nominated|
|Mill Valley Film Festival||October 18, 2017||Audience Award - U.S. Cinema Indie||The Light of the Moon||Nominated|
|Best Narrative Feature||The Light of the Moon|
|SXSW Film Festival||March 14, 2017||Audience Award - Narrative Feature||Jessica M. Thompson||Won|
|SXSW Gamechanger Award||Jessica M. Thompson||Nominated|
|SXSW Grand Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature||Jessica M. Thompson|
|Woodstock Film Festival||October 14, 2017||Ultra Indie Award||The Light of the Moon||Nominated|
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- "SXSW Winner 'The Light of the Moon' Picked Up by Imagination Worldwide (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
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- "The Light of the Moon Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
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- Barker, Andrew (13 March 2017). "SXSW Film Review: 'The Light of the Moon'". Variety. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
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