BOONE – “And So I Stayed,” a documentary film examining how the justice system treats victims of domestic violence, follows the compelling stories of three women who have swapped one prison for another. On Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m., the Appalachian Theater will host an exclusive online screening followed by a conversation with filmmakers Daniel A. Nelson and Natalie Pattillo, who will discuss their work and the filmmaking process.
Kim, Tanisha and Nikki are three survivors of domestic violence whose surprisingly similar stories are separated by more than 30 years. None of them were believed, and each of them was criminalized for retaliating. After suffering years of mental and physical abuse, they were jailed for killing their attackers based on the question asked by the judges as well as by society at large: “Why don’t they go? “
This film is made for and by survivors. “As a survivor and a woman of color,” says filmmaker Natalie Pattillo, “I believe our film can uplift survivors in a culture where they are disbelieving and villainous rather than protected. I believe it is my personal duty not only to make this film, but to have a searing and indelible impact on everyone who engages in it.
Natalie Pattillo (Co-Director / Producer / Writer) is a New York-based multimedia journalist whose signatures include The New York Times, MSNBC, VICE, Jezebel, New York Magazine, Al Jazeera America and Salon. She received an MA from Columbia University School of Journalism in 2017.
Daniel A. Nelson (co-director / producer / cinematographer) worked as cinematographer and researcher on Oscar nominated director David France’s feature documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson “, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Nelson received his MA from the prestigious Columbia University School of Journalism in the Documentary Film Making program in 2016.
This film is screened in partnership with OASIS during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM is an opportunity for survivors, service providers and the wider community to join in an effort to end domestic violence. To learn more about what’s happening in our community during DVAM, visit www.oasisinc.org or follow OASIS on Instagram or Facebook at @OASISHighCountry.
“And So I Stayed” will premiere online and tickets to the screening will include a conversation with the filmmakers after the film. Tickets are free and available on www.apptheatre.org.
Content warning as this film focuses on intimate partner violence and may contain scenes or discussions that may be difficult or triggering. The local service provider for domestic violence survivors, OASIS, Inc., can be contacted 24/7 at (828) 262-5035.
This event is part of the Appalachian Theater BOONE DOCS series and is made possible by the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program. Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of the best independent filmmakers and their films from across the country to communities in the South. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on this event, or to subscribe to the theater’s electronic mailing list, obtain tickets or purchase memberships, please visit the ACTH website at www.apptheatre.org.