The Light of the Moon
Directed by Jessica M. Thompson
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 Emmy™-nominated 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.
Please note, this film contains a graphic scene and is intended for mature audiences only.
Jessica M. Thompson is an Emmy-nominated Australian filmmaker who lives in New York City. She studied acting at three major drama schools in Australia, before attending Film School in Sydney, where she met Carlo Velayo. They quickly formed a formidable filmmaking duo and have made several award-winning short films together, including, “Hike,” “Percepio” and “Across the Pond.”
In 2011, Jess founded Stedfast Productions, a collective of visual storytellers. As an Editor, she has worked with twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Liz Garbus, and on the Sundance-winning film, “Watchers of the Sky.” Jess also edited Cheryl Furjanic’s award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary, “Back on Board: Greg Louganis,” which recently premiered on HBO. “The Light of the Moon” is Jess’ long-awaited feature directorial debut.