Experiencing Interruptions?


Director Kat Hunt compels her friend Erica to take revenge on the men in her life in this experimental, docu-fiction comedy.

An innovative docu-fiction work, WHAT’S REVENGE, adapts elements from 70’s pulp revenge cinema to address the problems and pitfalls of relationships in the modern age. The film uses a blend of staged reenactments of real events and fictionalized scenarios inspired by the lived experiences of the cast and crew. A feminist piece of genre-bending film, made by a female production team, Hunt plays the chief provocateur in a story of two friends seeking to explain the reason behind the injustices inflicted upon them by the men in their lives. Hunt’s character makes a personal mission of revisiting these indignities upon “the men” in question, on a mission to take their power back in the process. By using non-actors and their stories throughout, Hunt crafts a complex and comedic take on relationships and filmmaking.

  • Kat Hunt
    Our Nixon
  • Kat Hunt
    Our Nixon
  • Camila de Onís
    Public Hearing, Dare Double
  • Kat Hunt
    Our Nixon
  • Kat Hunt
    Key Cast
  • Erica DaSilva
    Key Cast
  • Marco Torriani
    Key Cast
  • Marc Sauvé
    Key Cast
  • Chris Griswold
    Key Cast
  • James Jean
    Key Cast
  • Autumn Eakin
    Director of Photography
    The Light of the Moon, No Le Digas a Nadie, Hard-Hatted Woman, Mavis!
  • Alison S.M. Kobayashi
    Dan Carter, Say Something Bunny!, Our Nixon
  • Rachel Wolther
    Snowy Bing Bongs, Stinking Heaven, See You Next Tuesday, Bad at Dancing, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Butter on the Latch
  • Autumn Eakin
    The Light of the Moon, No Le Digas a Nadie, Hard-Hatted Woman, Mavis!
  • Hayley Wagner
    Sound Designer
  • Jenny Montgomery
  • Danielle Mayer
  • Duncan Rich
    Original Music
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    revenge, documentary, comedy, hybrid-documentary, feminist, cross-genre, docu-fiction, narrative, mid-length
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 8, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Eastern Oregon Film Festival
    La Grande, Oregon
    United States
    October 21, 2016
    Festival Premiere
    Winner Spirit of EOFF Award
  • Spectacle Theatre
    New York, NY
    United States
    October 8, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Filmfort
    Boise, Idaho
    March 25, 2017
  • Thin Line Festival
    Denton, Texas
    April 21, 2017
  • Middle Coast Film Festival
    Bloomington, Indiana
    United States
    August 12, 2017
    Winner Best Comedy Feature
  • Syndicated Theater
    New York City
    United States
    August 17, 2017
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
    Middlebury, Vermont
    United States
    August 27, 2017
    Finalist Best Narrative Feature
  • Adirondack Film Festival
    Glens Falls, NY
    October 20, 2017
  • NoBudge

    January 25, 2018
    Online Premiere
  • Mount Holyoke College
    South Hadley, MA
    United States
    April 11, 2018
  • Collective Gallery
    Woodstock, NY
    United States
    November 17, 2018
Director Biography - Kat Hunt

Writer, Director & Performer Kat Hunt is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York. Her career has taken her from the United Nations to Saatchi & Saatchi China to working on the acclaimed OUR NIXON (CNN). Hunt’s films and artwork have shown at EYE Film Museum Amsterdam, National Gallery of Iceland, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Museum Hilversum, East China Normal University Shanghai, A.I.R. Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Arts Council, Krowswork Gallery SF, and more. She is a co-founder of the international women’s collective, Moon Church. WHAT’S REVENGE is her first mid-length film. CANDIED VIOLETS, a comedic hybrid short, is forthcoming.

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Director Statement

I made a movie about revenge because I didn’t understand it. At the time, I was living in Hong Kong, so I was watching a lot of vengeance films, and was consistently struck by the sentiment of utter “rightness” and purity of action. This “rightness” I noticed wasn’t like righteousness to me- it felt different- more like a strange assuredness of a singular, personal reality.

I approached my friend Erica as a subject and collaborator. Her sense of humor and stories about men and relationships always contained that sense of “rightness” I heard in vengeance films. I wanted to present her stories as if she was utterly “in the right" about what happened to her. I was curious about how this purposefully skewed subjectivity would look when contrasted with notions of power, particularly the exploitation of gender in contemporary power dynamics. I saw a silliness there that I wanted to play with. Similarly, I wanted to explore the humor of attempting to control a situation, whether a conversation with another person, or the outcome of an entire film.

As we began shooting, Erica became apprehensive about the implications of the project. She wanted to tell her stories, but wavered when it came to formulating the acts of reckoning. Most of all, she realised that being open and vulnerable on camera was more than she had bargained for. I decided to utilize her real life withdrawal and weave it into a more controlled plot. Instead of documenting Erica and her interactions with the men in her stories, we chose to look at our own relationship while pursuing the film and its ideas. We worked from what had already been shot, and expanded the story by creating new scenes based on how the film was actually making us feel.

The result is WHAT’S REVENGE: a multi-layered, docu-fiction film about relationships, vulnerability, and the subtleties of revenge. The film blends reenactment of actual events, fantasized scenarios inspired by real events, real people and their own stories, and actors representing real people while incorporating their own stories. Shot on a micro-budget, we wrapped production in March 2015. The film was made by an entirely female executive crew, which hadn’t been an objective, but turned out to be an essential aspect of the film’s creation. We relished the opportunity create a film on our terms, leaning fully toward what felt most aggressively feminine, funny, and familiar to our own lives. I believe we have created an utterly one-of-a-kind film and I hope it finds an audience that feels the same way.