Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Although half of all gamers are women, females are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse from other gamers, and are massively under-represented in the video game design world. Through interviews with video game developers, journalists, and academics, GTFO examines the female experience in gaming and begins a larger conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.
Official Selection, Independent Film Festival of Boston, 2015
Official Selection, Doxa Film Festival, 2015
Quotes & Reviews:
"Shannon Sun-Higginson's documentary is an entertaining, accessible survey of misogyny in the videogaming world". - Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The tone of “GTFO” is educational. It’s broken up as chapters. Topics of discussion include the history of game marketing, the portrayal of female characters and the perception of female gamers." - Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
"...GTFO would be a good resource in secondary schools, particularly to prompt discussion of issues of gender and educational/employment opportunities. (School librarians should be aware that profanity is widely used throughout the film.) GTFO would also be highly relevant in undergraduate computer science, sociology, or gender studies courses." - Educational Media Review
"Is your computer in the kitchen?" This question is one of the mildest forms of online harassment faced by women who play video games such as CALL OF DUTY, the multiplayer first - person shooter that pits teams against on another. A stronger comment might be something like, "I'm going to stick an egg in your vaginal canal and punch it." As viewers will learn Shannon Sun-Higginson's eye - opening documentary GTFO (the popular acronym for "get the fuck out")... GTFO convincingly argues that women gamers are often faced with the choice of staying quiet and preserving the misogynist cycle or speaking out and becoming a target." - Video Librarian
“For a documentary so intent on humanizing women who have been dehumanized by their own industry, these in-home interviews and cameos from the subjects’ children and male allies are key.” - Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair
“GTFO is brutally effective — intelligent, thought-provoking, and thorough.” - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
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