New York City • November 1 • IFC Center
Los Angeles • November 16 • Laemmle Monica Film Center
Houston • November 25 (single day) & December 8 (week-long engagement) • Alamo Drafthouse
Seattle • November 24 • Grand Illusion Cinema
Chicago • December 8 • AMC, Streets of Woodfield
Miami • December 8 • AMC, Sunset Place
Virginia • December 10 • Laemmle Monica Film Center
…this unflinching look at one woman’s rape and its consequences…in ways that perhaps no other movie ever has…peers beneath the cover-all term ‘aftermath’ to the lingering repercussions of rape — medical, legal, emotional and sexual. The film’s concerns are profoundly therapeutic, but it nimbly avoids every therapy-drama cliché.
Writer-director Jessica M. Thompson’s exquisitely sensitive feature debut.
It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive or sympathetic look at the challenge of surviving.
Stephanie Beatriz delivers a masterful, considerate performance.
Couldn’t be timelier.
For any filmmaker this would be an unmitigated triumph, but for a debut feature this is nothing short of masterful.
Avoids sentimentality, sanctimony, or sensationalism.
‘The Light of the Moon’ is a nuanced and sensitive exploration.
A Subtle and Insightful Drama.
Bonnie, a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt, but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control of her life, but returning to her old life is more complicated than expected. Her attempt to recapture the intimacy she previously had with Matt falters and cracks begin to surface in their relationship. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.
Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Short Term 12) gives a powerful and moving performance as Bonnie, a woman who maintains her dignity and sense of humor as she deals with the aftermath of a life-altering experience. Written and directed by Emmynominated Australian filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson in her feature film debut, THE LIGHT OF THE MOON is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of relationships in the face of a tragedy.
Director Jessica M. Thompson
Screenplay Jessica M. Thompson
Producers Jessica M. Thompson, p.g.a, Carlo Velayo, p.g.a, Michael Cuomo, p.g.a
Executive Producers Stephanie Beatriz, R. Burns, Alex Cirillo, Andrea Cirillo, Carl Cook, Gail Hili Raymond K. Javdan, Esq., A. Kuksal, Dani Faith Leonard, Sreekanth Middela
Assistant Director Carlo Velayo
Co-Producer Darin Hallinan
Co-Producers Myriam Schroeter, Ashley Van Egeren
Line Producer Isaac Wilkins
Consulting Producers Gigi Dement, Michael W. Gray
Associate Producers Alice M. Bacon, Autumn Eakin, Quasi Hammouri, Alisha Hnatjuk, Katie Mitchell
Director of Photography Autumn Eakin
Production Designer Lauren Helms
Editor Jessica M. Thompson
Music David Torn
Production Manager Josh Folan, Carly Anne Kenneally
Cast Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, Catherine Curtin