The Gathering / Brooklyn Film Festival
Submitted By Emily Elizabeth Thomas
“The Gathering” is a short film presented by the Brooklyn Film Festival, inspired by real accounts of alleged sexual misconduct in the film industry. The story is about three actresses who were denied roles due to harassment, and a chance encounter that reveals their shared experience. Combining film genres, tropes and time periods, the film is an allegory about opportunities lost, and a reminder to Hollywood that every story matters.
The objective for "The Gathering" is to illuminate the prevalence of sexual harassment and gender-based bias in Hollywood, and challenge the powers that be which have allowed such negligence and abuse to survive and flourish in the industry. "The Gathering" offers solidarity and support to the #MeToo movement, and those brave women who have come forward and started a revolution in Hollywood.
The technical challenges of "The Gathering" were many. It was a difficult and serious concept to execute, but an incredibly important one. Dealing with so many moving pieces was challenging -- from casting women who have stake in the conversation of sexual abuse in Hollywood, to crewing the team on an incredibly tight deadline with a massive creative to execute, to telling this complex and unique story with enough bravado and craft within the time allotted in pre-production and on set.
One of the most complex challenges was in the casting process. As "The Gathering" takes on sensitive and potentially triggering subject matter, it was important to Director Emily Elizabeth Thomas to approach casting gently, providing these women with a safe space . It helped a great deal that every key creative behind the casting desk was a woman. Once the roles were casted, it was a quick but meaningful process in getting to know these women personally, listening to their perspective and story, and behaving at every moment of production with respect for the seriousness of what we were doing.
It was an incredible, challenging, and creatively fulfilling process to make this film.
Brooklyn Film Festival
Emily Elizabeth Thomas
Amy Ferguson, Julia Neumann
Rebecca Niles (EP), Madeleine Askwith (LP), Lizzie Shapiro (LP), Charlotte Delon (Post Production Producer)
Music & Sound
HUMAN (music), Craig Logiudice (sound mix), Rob Difondi (sound mix), Ashley Judd (voice over)