The Quiet Crowd is a psychological thriller that follows the murder of Sophie, a PSU art student, that has been killed in her apartment and staged to be a performance art piece. All around her are clues of her time in the quiet crowd.
As Detective Aldrich attempts to piece together the last year of her life he finds that in the social practice art scene lies something infinitely more sinister. And with the help of her journal, in Sophie's own words, he is taken on a ride of sexual abuse, trauma, and a violent fear that plagues many of the women of the campus. But separating fact from fantasy in Sophie's world is a difficult task. Especially when the staging of her death is politically charged and her best friend Khali is virtually untraceable. A living ghost.
This is a film about the internalized male gaze. By the click of Sophie's tongue, we embark on a dark fairy-tale about what it is like to be a woman in the world- simultaneously broken down, unseen, and exploited. Featuring two sharp female leads- this macabre thriller begs you to answer the question: what would you do to achieve greatness?
The Quiet Crowd started out as a small book chronicling the lonely frustrations of a young woman in art school. It has since become into a script developing into a movie, and now a community. A community where we talk about the growing mental health crisis and how it relates to the art world. We often forget that art is everything we touch. From the large buildings around us, to the graffiti on our street, the movies we watch, and even the little scribbles we make in our notebooks. And art itself is what holds us together- it is connection at its core. The Quiet Crowd is a reminder that whenever you feel alone- you are not- because we are all connected in this crazy world by the private moments we don't often talk about. And the bliss that is created out of them.
MEGEAN M SANCHEZ
Writer & Director