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Michael Stahl-David and Stephanie Beatriz in The Light of the Moon.
The St. Louis International Film Festival announced this morning that The Upside
, a film distributed by the Weinstein Company, has been removed from this year's schedule. In its place, festival organizers Cinema St. Louis have added a benefit screening of The Light of the Moon
, Australian filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson's drama about a woman who is sexually assaulted.
Funds from the screening will benefit Safe Connections, a local organization that works to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence while helping victims reclaim their lives.
Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of the Weinstein Company, was recently accused of rape and sexual assault by a number of women that quickly grew to Cosby-esque levels. He has since been fired by his own company and booted from the Academy.
In light of the accusations, Cinema St. Louis decided to excise the sole Weinstein film from the festival and use the empty slot to address the issue of violence against women with a film written and directed by a woman.
The Light of the Moon
was already on the SLIFF schedule, with screenings at 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Wednesday (November 6 and 8) at Plaza Frontenac Cinema. It stars Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nin
e's Rosa Diaz) as Bonnie, an architect who is raped while walking home from a night out with friends. At first she attempts to keep her assault from her boyfriend Matt (Narcos
' Michael Stahl-David), but her hesitancy about being intimate, another attack in the neighborhood and her own feelings of guilt that what happened to her was her own fault — all common disruptions in the aftermath of rape — adversely affect her life, and Matt's as well.
The additional showing of The Light of the Moon
takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 9, at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Blvd). A panel discussion about sexual violence against women will follow the film, with panelists to be announced. Tickets for the benefit screening will soon be available on the festival's website