Synopsis: When Maya arrives to the diner for a night shift, she notices a dark man standing across the street. Her anxiety builds as she notices the same dark man appearing closer and closer as the night goes on. She tries to stave off panic attacks, but he eventually breaks in to the diner and she must flee for her life.
This film is borne out of the PTSD that followed Megan’s experience with sexual assault. The Faraway Man is PTSD personified. The film aims to show the consequences of repressing trauma along with the isolation, fear, and all-consuming anxiety that takes over when your safety has been compromised.
Megan and Jill put together a cast and crew made up of 60% women/non-binary people to tell this story and wrapped their two day shoot the weekend before lockdown began. The duo plans to direct more projects that focus on giving a voice to stories that are often overlooked.
First time directing duo Megan Gilbert and Jill Hogan grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, respectively before attending Boston University’s School of Film and Television. Megan is a sober queer writer/director currently working for the Duffer Brothers on Stranger Things. Jill most recently worked in film and TV development at Gaumont.