June 25, 2024

TAPE, presented online by Rivertown Film and Center for Safety and Change

Showing: June 3 and 4, continuously
Title: TAPE
Year: 2020
Country: USA
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Based on true events, TAPE is the story of two aspiring actresses who cross paths with the darker side of the entertainment industry.

In order to inspire her own courage, Rosa pierces her tongue, cuts her wrists, and shaves her head, as a ritualistic homage to Shakespeare’s Lavinia from Titus Andronicus, and secretly places hidden cameras on her body as well as in a dark studio. Then she begins to stalk another actress, Pearl, who she identifies as the next “protege” of a successful producer, Lux. As Pearl and Lux enter the studio where Rosa has hidden her cameras, Rosa, and we, must all sit through Lux’s screen test process, and the grey areas of pressure that women experience when being coerced by a powerful man.

Provocative and brutal, TAPE replaces the male gaze of Hollywood with the female experience, taking the audience into the room where questionable behavior goes unseen and finally answering the question “how could this kind of thing happen?” TAPE is a visceral moment-by-moment unveiling of the way ambitious and everyday women are systematically coerced and taken advantage of. USA, 2020, 93 minutes, unrated.

CONTENT WARNING: Scenes in this film may disturb some viewers.

TICKETS: $15, or $12 for members of Rivertown Film and Friends of the Center for Safety and Change. Starting on June 2, ticket buyers will be emailed a link to the film as well as the discussion. The film link can be used to view TAPE at anytime from June 3 through June 6. Income will be help support the film and filmmaker, and the programs of the Center for Safety and Change and Rivertown Film Society. Purchase tickets here.


Community Partner: Center for Safety and Change.

MEET THE FILMMAKER RESCHEDULED: Deborah Kampmeier, a Rockland County based filmmaker, will take part in an online discussion on SATURDAY June 6 (NEW DATE) at 7:30 PM. Also participating will be actress Annarosa Mudd (on whose personal experience this film is based), and Chief Legal Officer of the Center For Safety and Change, Andrea Panjwani. Please register in advance (free) on the ticket purchase page. On June 2 you will be emailed a link to the discussion.

Deborah Kampmeier is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making groundbreaking films about violence against women decades before the #MeToo movement began. Her first feature Virgin, starring Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright, was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss and the John Cassavetes Award. Her second feature, Hounddog, starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Deborah’s third feature, SPLit, won Best of Show at the 2016 Female Eye Film Festival and was nominated for the Independent Vision Best Film at the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival. Kampmeier made her television directorial debut on DuVernay’s critically acclaimed series “Queen Sugar” in 2019 and followed immediately with two episodes of DuVernay’s new series “Cherish the Day.” She is currently in development with several projects including her next feature Dirt Rhapsody, as well as her limited series “Pilgrim’s Wilderness.” She lives in Rockland County. Read the article she wrote about TAPE in Talkhouse.

“Tape isn’t just a movie. It is a rallying cry.” – RogerEbert.com

“A hard-hitting psychological drama” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A scream of vengeful rage that echoes down through the ages of abuse.” – Variety