Premiering this week at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, the new documentary GTFO (Get The F% Out)exposes the truth about women and gaming, and it isn’t a pretty picture.
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.
“Around half of all gamers are women; and yet, female gamers are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse. This has led to a clash of values and women are receiving the brunt of the consequences every day, with acts of harassment ranging from name calling to cyber vandalism and death threats,” explains filmmaker Shannon Sun-Higginson.
“96% of teen girls play games, and yet we have something like 10-12% women in the game industry overall. What in God’s name is going wrong? Unfortunately the answer is, a lot of different things.” Jessica Hammer, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon
Through interviews with video game creators, journalists, and academics, GTFO paints a complex picture of the video game industry, while revealing the systemic and human motivations behind acts of harassment. GTFO begins the conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.
Shannon Sun-Higginson is a documentary filmmaker from New York City. In 2009, her first documentary short “Hapa Perspectives” aired on Current TV. She has worked on the documentary television programs No Reservations on The Travel Channel and Parts Unknown on CNN. She has also worked as an Associate Producer on such programs as City.Ballet on AOL On and The Getaway on Esquire Network. She is currently producing her second feature documentary about a family enduring an unspeakable tragedy, entitled The Witman Project.