Mindset [Working Title]

Mindset (working title)  is a short film about a woman who is raped by her boyfriend while trying to break up with him, her confusion over how to deal with it and two men who can’t comprehend unrequited feelings.

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Julia, the new girl in town, is intensely attracted to her absurdly good-looking boyfriend, Vic.  The trouble is, she doesn’t like him very much; he’s arrogant and they have nothing in common.  Convinced she is playing hard-to-get when she breaks up with him, Vic doesn’t take her emphatic protests seriously as he overpowers her and carries her to the bedroom.  At a loss for how to process what’s happened to her, she confides in her two best friends, Abe and Sarah.  Abe vows to physically confront Vic and Sarah urges Julia to go to the police.  Julia’s self-blame, shame and embarrassment lead her to beg them to do nothing.

Alone, Abe and Julia discuss their very different ideas on what is to be done.  Sarah believes there’s nothing they can do but support Julia but Abe simply can’t accept that.  Admitting his feelings for Julia, he asks the eternal nice-guy question “why do women always go for the a**holes?”  Sarah’s answer is one that isn’t often heard, but perhaps it should be.

Thankfully, rape awareness has been gaining attention in the media lately.  There is still a long way to go, however.  “Ignis Fatuus” is part of this movement.  The film takes a look at some difficult issues surrounding rape.  Julia, the main character, doesn’t know how to feel or how to incorporate the event into her life.  She’s confused, guilty, ashamed and angry.  She has to deal with her own reaction as well as her close friends.  The man who rapes her doesn’t even consider what he did to be “rape.”  “Ignis Fatuus” also examines some cultural mindsets, such as the idea that a man has a right to a woman’s body simply because he wants her, that contribute to the perpetration of these crimes and explores what some people have considered “gray areas.”  We hope to make people uncomfortable in order to get them to scrutinize their own thoughts on the subject, to raise questions and to help the dialogue about rape continue.

The film is not black and white.  It abides in the places in between.  It, in and of itself, does not take a stand.  It leaves the viewer with questions.  It leaves them to decide for themself.  We think this is valuable because it forces the viewer to think.

2 thoughts on “Mindset [Working Title]

  1. Sounds so exciting and inspiring! Good for you, Jenna. Good for you all – keep it up! When can we come see the film?

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