HOUNDDOG DIRECTOR DEBORAH KAMPMEIER COMES
A POWERFUL, PROVOCATIVE, AWARD-WINNER ABOUT
FEMALE SEXUALITY AND TRAUMA
Blurring Fantasy and Reality, the Final Film in Kampmeier’s Trilogy, Following
the Independent Spirit Nominated Virgin and Sundance’s Controversial Hounddog, Arrives on March 21 from Candy Factory Films Available, Day-and-Date, on DVD, VOD and Digital HD on All Leading Platforms Including iTunes and Amazon
SPLIT Will Also Be the Closing Night Film at the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival
on Saturday, March 18, To Be Followed by a Limited Theatrical Release
American poet and political activist Muriel Rukeyser once opined that if one woman told the truth about her life, the world would split open. This March, Candy Factory Films presents SPLIT, a powerful meditation on the traumas women face and the struggle to overcome them from award-winning filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier (Hounddog). On March 21, the film will have a multi-platform day-and-date release on DVD ($14.99), Video on Demand and Digital HD on all leading digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon. On March 18, SPLIT will be the Closing Night Film at New York’s SR Socially Relevant Film Festival; the film will also have a limited theatrical release to follow.
SPLIT tells the story of Inanna (Amy Ferguson, The Master, Inherent Vice, Garden State), a young actress working as a stripper, who becomes obsessed with a mask maker (Morgan Spector, The Drop, The Last Airbender, “Boardwalk Empire”) and sacrifices parts of herself, piece by piece, in order to win his love. At the same time, the film depicts a mythic journey that blurs theater performance, dreams and real life, as Inanna connects with other women’s experiences of trauma and repressed sexuality. This provocative and powerful confrontation frees Inanna, and she’s able to claim her rage and rise to her own independence.
Daring in its raw portrayal of female sexuality and traumas, SPLIT, which captured “Best of Show” and the 2016 Female Eye Film Festival, includes a significant amount of female (and male) nudity, masturbation and on-screen portrayal of mastectomy and genital mutilation scars. SPLIT also features an intergenerational, multiracial cast with diverse body types – including several non-actors sharing personal stories – and is daring in its depiction of an older woman as the principal example of uninhibited rage and sexuality.
Kampmeier considers SPLIT as the last part of a trilogy, which include the controversial Sundance Grand Jury-nominated Hounddog (2007), in which a 12-year-old girl, played by Dakota Fanning, is raped; and the acclaimed and award-winning Virgin (2003), about a 17-year-old, played by Elisabeth Moss, struggling with spirituality and sexuality. The filmmaker goes further with SPLIT, which Indie Outlook called, “an arrestingly raw howl of fury at the global stigmatization of female sexuality…complete with startling imagery evocative of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.”
SPLIT is co-produced by Clear Eye Productions and produced by Kampmeier, Troy Johnason, Rich Barbadillo and John Roche. The cast also includes Anna Mougalis (Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, Jealousy), Frederic Lehne (“Bones,” “Lost”), Joan MacIntosh (Dionysus in 69, The Tooth of Crime), and Raine Won Waldenburg (Oysters Orgasms Obituaries, My Friend Andrea).
About the Filmmaker
Deborah Kampmeier is an award-winning filmmaker and theater director. Kampmeier’s first feature film, Virgin
, won several awards and was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. Her subsequent film, Hounddog
, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She has written and directed several short films and is currently in development on Untitled Carson McCullers Project, Persephone
. Deborah is the founder of Full Moon Films, a company dedicated to the development and production of films by and about women. www.fullmoonfilmsny.com
About Candy Factory Films
Candy Factory Films is a forward-thinking, filmmaker-friendly multimedia company dedicated to producing and distributing high impact, unique and compelling films. Embracing emerging distribution trends to successfully promote releases, Candy Factory is at the forefront of a new vanguard of independent distributors maximizing profit by reaching distinct audiences in numerous ways. With a catalog stocked with award-winning and acclaimed films across every genre, they’re committed to creating and fostering communities around independent and progressive cinema. Avenues for distribution include all leading digital platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes and the national Video on Demand platform on cable television.
Type: Theatrical/DVD/VOD/Digital HD
Running Time: 128 mins.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound