Campus sexual assault is a subject that has been addressed more lately (The Hunting Ground documentary, Jon Krakauer’s book Missoula) than even 10 years ago — though still not nearly enough. A new feature film directed by Natalia Leite and starring Francesca Eastwood takes on the topic in a vivid style, telling the vigilante-themed story of an art student named Noelle who is victimized by one of her classmates.
In addition to Eastwood (the daughter of Clint Eastwood and actress Frances Fisher), M.F.A. also features Clifton Collins Jr. (Traffic, Capote) and Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms). In the clip above, watch Eastwood as Noelle attending a group session along with other young women and becoming increasingly disillusioned with the tone of the meeting.
M.F.A. makes its world premiere at South By Southwest on Monday. Check the Austin festival’s site for more details.