If you attended one of the screenings of The Hunting Ground at Shenandoah University or the Alamo Drafthouse, chances are you did not walk into it blindly. Thanks to the trailer and promotions, you had a pretty good idea of what was to unfold. First, an obligatory “trigger warning” appears on the darkened screen and you’re feeling unsettled in your seat. Next, the iconic “Pomp and Circumstance” plays in the background as a montage of excited high school girls pose expectantly in front of their laptop screens. As they open their admissions emails you hear a yelp of joy: “I got in!” Then, in a matter of cinematic seconds, all adolescent elation fades from the screen.
“Felt” tells the unsettling story of an emotionally broken girl named Amy (Amy Everson). While the details of her brokenness are never revealed, we know that she is a victim of rape as she deals with demons by creating psychosexual art and acting out.