Sundance 2021 / Cusp documentary selected

Sundance 2021 Cusp
Sundance 2021 Cusp

Feature documentary selected at
realized by
Isabel Bethencourt & Parker Hill


CUSP is a feature documentary selected at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, presenting one year of the adolescence of three teenage girls who live or survive in the casual cruelty of a toxic masculinity in a small town in Texas.

CUSP selected at Sundance

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Welcome to Sundance 2021!
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival begins January 28, and they are doing things a little differently this time. Connecting artists and audiences wherever they are - online and in person - the new version of their flagship event will feature a series of culturally-changing independent feature films, think tanks, New Frontier exhibitions that push the boundaries, and much more.

CUSP selected at Sundance Festival 2021
Among tens of thousands of films submitted to the festival's selection, CUSP was chosen! This is already a beautiful and incredible victory in itself and a great joy for all the girls and teenagers around the world who see their voices heard, their stories and their suffering recognized.
Let's bet that CUSP will have a great run at the Sundance Festival 2021! This documentary film is so necessary to the future of humanity! A toxic, masculine culture must be absolutely and quickly abolished to make way for the necessary equality and respect between women and men. For dignity to be granted to all women, for all women to allow themselves to consider themselves as human beings with the right to exist for themselves and to be heard.
So that all the girls and teenage girls and women who are currently living situations similar to those experienced by Aaloni, Autumn and Brittney, filmed in Cusp by Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt, can say to themselves: no one has the right to mistreat me, I have the right to be protected. So that all authorities: parental, state, become aware and hear and recognize their children.

I would like to thank the women of The 51 Fund for giving me the opportunity to participate in this beautiful project.
Gabrielle Dubois

Gabrielle Dubois, storyteller, Founding General Partner of THE 51 FUND ― fund for films written and realized by women.

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