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Jo Satana’s “All We Have Left Are The Scars” Fantasia 2017 Coverage

Anyone who has ever taken it upon themselves to brave Montreal`s Fantasia film festival leaves with some scars. These scars can be subconscious, from the reptilian awakening that comes with sitting in a dark room occupied by porous, spongy, filmy humanoids. These scars can also be cerebral ones, the result of being subjected to a mind-numbing onslaught of light and sound. They can be existential as well, left from a shattered mind, fractured by having to chose between two films screening at the same time, like a parent having to chose between two drowning children. Or maybe the scars are literal ones, from sores left open by slow, methodical shifting on theatre seat cushions.

In the fifteen years and counting since I`ve been covering this festival, my scars have included any combination of the above. This year however, I found a new source of injury. While I had
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Review: Felt

“My life is a fucking nightmare.”

That opening line sets the tone for Felt, spoken in voice over by Amy (Amy Everson, who co-wrote the film with directed Jason Banker, (Toad Road), based on experiences in her past) as she is walking barefoot down the street, sporting what looks to be a frog onesie. I’m not sure if that voice over was originally in the script, but it automatically instills into the audience that Felt is not going to be an uplifting film by any means. It gets us ready for the grim and psychotic visuals of a woman with what is assumed to be an abusive history of our lead involving the men in her life. How different would the movie feel if the voice over was removed and allowed the audience to go and decide for themselves what they are watching? Amy’s blank expressions and obsession
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Icons of Fright talks to Felt Director Jason Banker and Star/Co-Writer Amy Everson

Jason Banker’s Felt is now in theaters and is a film that screams to be watched. Revolving around a victim of rape and the psychological damage she goes through and the various ways she copes with it, the film is quite easily one of the best of the year. Banker, along with the film’s star (and co-writer) Amy Everson were nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about the film and what led them to make it. Read on!

I found Felt to be incredibly interesting. I was wondering how it all came to be?

Jason – For me I’m kind of always looking for people that inspire me, in general. The way that I make films I never really start with a script I kind of start with a person or group of people. So, when I met Amy, randomly, at a club in San Francisco
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Felt – Win iTunes Codes for Bold, Must-See Thriller

In the midst of a national theatrical tour, the bold, feminist thriller Felt is now also available on iTunes. This second narrative feature from Toad Road‘s Jason Banker is a challenging, incredible film about artist Amy Everson and her ongoing struggle as the result of past trauma. I was blown away by Felt and am excited to offer Shock…

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Incredibly Effective Thriller Felt Headed to DVD Courtesy of Anchor Bay!

Creating quite a lot of buzz in every festival it has played at, Jason Banker’s Felt, the collaborative film between the Toad Road director and artist/writer/actress Amy Everson, is not only hitting VOD on July 21st via Amplify Releasing, but now has a DVD street date as well. The film, which deals with the after-effects and psychological downfall of a victim of rape, is set to hit DVD on September 1st, via Anchor Bay/Amplify Releasing.

Amy (Amy Everson, A Reunion; winner, Best Actress, Fantastic Fest – Felt) is attempting to cope with past sexual trauma as well as the frustrations of living in a male-dominated society. Psychologically scarred, she attempts to escape via a bizarre emotional catharsis: creating grotesquely-costumed alter egos. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and
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Sisters of the Plague Teaser Debut: New Horror From Toad Road Filmmakers

The feature narrative debut of Jorge Torres-Torres, editor of Toad Road and Felt (as well as responsible for additional cinematography on both films), Sisters of the Plague seems a dream(y) collaboration of vivid, haunting contemporary horror. Torres-Torres reunites with Toad Road director Jason Banker on the screenplay, while the film stars Josephine Decker, artist and…

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Felt – The Review

This review was originally posted during Fantastic Fest 2014

An uncomfortable feeling hit me almost immediately while watching Jason Banker’s new film. It was a mix of guilt and shame that lasted up until the brutal and heartbreaking ending. This guilt and shame isn’t attributed to anything I felt guilty for in particular, but more as a man living in a world where I acknowledge that there are deep rooted problems regarding gender, sex and violence, and as 2013’s popular song illustrates, the “Blurred Lines” that are often trivialized by society. Felt brings to light the effects of “rape culture” in our society and how normal it has become to dismiss actions by saying “that’s just boys being boys.” Banker’s gorgeous looking film highlights some of the not so pretty situations that we as a society have become accustomed to viewing without thinking about its effects on the victim.
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Review: Felt, A United Front Of Creative Forces

There comes a moment early on in Toad Road director Jason Banker's Felt which beautifully sets the tone for what is to unfold over the next 70 or so minutes of his second narrative feature. After partying with a few young men in their hotel room, best pals Amy (Amy Everson) and Allana (Allana Reynolds) retreat to the hallway, as Amy's unclear on why she even came. She's sick. She can't sleep. Her dreams and reality are one and the same. As she says it: she is a ghost. She's tried everything. Nothing helps. The two young women hold each other, laughing over the ways in which they could kill men, for a killing spree is perhaps the only thing Amy hasn't tried to relieve her pain....

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Exclusive Photos: Visceral, Feminist Thriller, Felt

Visceral and raw, Felt is a special film. From Toad Road director Jason Banker, the picture blends his doc observational aesthetic with the real life of artist Amy Everson and a boiling narrative about surviving sexual assault. It leads dark, bare places that are frank about the world we live in and its monstrous effects.…

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‘Toad Road’ Director Jason Banker Sets Movie in South American Jungles

‘Toad Road’ Director Jason Banker Sets Movie in South American Jungles
Revolver Picture Company and Random Bench are teaming up to produce independent filmmaker Jason Banker’s next feature, Variety has learned exclusively.

Banker directed horror-thrillers “Toad Road” and “Felt” and the documentary “My Name is Faith.” The untitled upcoming project will be set in the jungles of South America. Revolver will fully finance, and the label’s Nick Phillips and Kelly Wagner will produce alongside Random Bench’s Adrian Salpeter and Liz Levine.

Toad Road,” produced by Random Bench and Banker, was executive produced by Elijah Wood through his horror film company SpectreVision. Banker won best director for “Toad Road” at the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival.

Amplify is releasing “Felt,” starring Amy Everson and described as a feminist psychological thriller in which a woman creates an alter ego to ovecome the trauma inflicted by men in her life.

Random Bench’s latest feature film, the thriller “Even Lambs Have Teeth,
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Exclusive Clip From Der Samurai, Coming Soon To America From Artsploitation Films

Artsploitation Films is one of the most adventurous film distributors in the world, and one with whom we at TwitchFilm share very similar tastes. After a 15 month Hiatus following the release of Jason Banker's Toad Road, Artsploitation is roaring back into the off-beat spotlight with a June full of crazy and fascinating releases. The first of these releases is 2014 festival favorite, Der Samurai. The film, directed by Till Kleinert, is an oddity both in concept and in function. As Artsploitation describes it:Unlike any other horror film you'll see this year, Der Samurai is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. But while director Till Kleinert's film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out...

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Brilliant, Baroque Trailer for Felt

"Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn't just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off."In a film that looks to pull few punches, and yet retain a quite striking style, director Jason Banker's sophomore effort (following his raw, effective debut, Toad Road) looks to be a major leap forward. The trailer suggests aggressive provocateur nature of ealy Bruno Dumont or Gaspar Noe.Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggression of a male-dominated society, Amy creates grotesquely-costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these...

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New Trailer And Poster Are Here For Jason Banker’s Feminist Thriller Felt

In his Fantastic Fest review, Wamg’s Michael Haffner called Felt “impressive” and “compelling.”

A young artist loses herself in an unpredictable alter ego while attempting to cope with past trauma in this gripping sophomore effort from Jason Banker (Toad Road).

Felt celebrated its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2014 where Amy Everson took home the “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition award for Best Actress.

Here’s a first look at the poster and trailer for the film.

Watch the red-band trailer Here.

Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely-costumed alter egos that reappropriate the male form.

While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself
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Trailer: Intense, Feminist Thriller, Felt

The official trailer for June’s confrontational, must-see Felt is here. From the director of the raw, spellbinding Toad Road, Jason Banker, Felt is an unsettling, frank, feminist portrait of dealing with trauma. Banker continues his doc-like approach to craft a narrative around real, incredible visual artist Amy Everson. The filmmaker’s observational aesthetic chronicles her life of inner anguish…

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Festival Head Turner Felt Gets a Risqué Poster; Stills

The Jason Banker/Amy Everson-written, Jason Banker (Toad Road)-directed Felt knocked people on their asses when it played at last year’s Fantastic Fest (where the film’s star and co-writer Everson won the “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition award for Best Actress) and AFI Film Festival, giving audiences a shocking and intense experience. Billed as a film that swings hard at rape culture and its effect on people, the film made plenty of waves and was one that left people talking for quite some time. The film now has an official (and daring) poster and theatrical/VOD release dates (June 26, 2015 (theatrical) / July 21, 2015 (digital/VOD), and from the buzz and talk about the film, it’s that you should not only see, but be ready to not forget anytime soon. Banker’s Toad Road was a very interesting film, and I for one, am very anxious to see how Felt compares to that.
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First, Provocative Poster: Summer Must-See, Felt

From the director of the spellbinding, raw Toad Road comes this summer’s must-see Felt, a confrontational, naked film about surviving. Felt an unsettling, frank, feminist portrait of dealing with trauma. Banker continues his doc-like approach to craft a narrative around real visual artist Amy Everson. The filmmaker’s observational aesthetic chronicles her life of inner anguish…

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Artsploitation to Release Surreal Eurothriller, Horsehead

Artsploitation Films hit hard in 2012, building a label for strange, artful genre and releasing festival knockouts like Vanishing Waves, Toad Road, Animals and Combat Girls in the process. After seemingly taking 2014 off, or just recharging, the label announced a big return last November, teaming with Fango editor Chris Alexander on his upcoming Female…

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Reel Mtl: Jason Banker’s Sophomore Feature, ‘Felt’ Poignantly Tackles a Difficult Subject

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Felt

Written by Jason Banker and Amy Everson

Directed by Jason Banker

USA, 2014

How do you make felt? There are two general ways: the first is by drowning wool and then shocking it dry and the second requires poking and prodding with a needle until the wool becomes a wholly new material. Amy, whose world Felt allows us to dive into, is an artist who has crafted an arsenal of felt penises and body suits, through which she explores and escapes into alter-egos.

Much like felt, Amy has been through rough times, which have begun to unravel her:

“My life is a fucking nightmare”, Amy’s voice, tentative and cracking opens the film, “every waking moment, every time I close my eyes, I just relive the trauma. I’m never safe and I can’t even tell what’s real anymore, everything… just blurs. I don’t sleep, I don’t eat,
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AFI Fest 2014: ‘Felt’ Shows the Jarring Effects of Rape Culture

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Felt

Directed by Jason Banker

Written by Jason Banker & Amy Everson

U.S., 2014

It’s a rare discovery when a film can materialize the internal terror that women experience on a daily basis so disturbingly close to reality. Blurring the lines of documentary and narrative storytelling, Felt truly is a film that demands to be felt. It accomplishes its goal by penetrating the deepest, most harrowing aspects of trauma to tell one of the most powerful and jarring stories about the female experience and rape culture ever put on screen.

Director and cinematographer Jason Banker follows his 2012 debut film, Toad Road with Felt, co-written by Amy Everson who stars in the film as Amy, a San Franciscan artist recently plagued by a trauma (not explained but certainly sexual) inflicted by the men in her life. As her ordeal unravels emotionally and psychologically, she plunges herself in the world of art as a coping mechanism.
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AFI Fest: Jason Banker's Female-Led Psychosexual Thriller 'Felt' Lands Distribution

AFI Fest: Jason Banker's Female-Led Psychosexual Thriller 'Felt' Lands Distribution
Fantastic Fest best actress winner Amy Everson plays a traumatized artist who slips into elaborate fantasies to escape her troubles with men, making mischief in the wilds of her imagination under the guise of a bluntly Freudian yet ingeniously crafted alter-ego. "Felt" sends even a rape revenge movie like "I Spit On Your Grave" running with its tail between its legs as Amy's psychosexual paranoia produces acts of malice not easily shaken. The film is currently stirring audiences at AFI Fest in Los Angeles and will be released by Amplify ("Kumiko the Treasure Hunter") in April 2015, with a digital/home video release to follow. Cinematographer turned director Jason Banker first raised eyebrows in 2012 with "Toad Road," a psychedelic portrait of teenage burnouts whose drug-taking fuels their pursuit of some mythological version of hell in Pennsylvania.
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