Short Film Debuts At 3rd Annual ‘Art As a Voice’

By on April 26, 2016

Thursday, April 21st my first short film, Marital Rape Is Real, debuted at the Domestic Violence Resource Project’s 3rd Annual “Art As a Voice”. This art show raises awareness for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault during sexual assault awareness month.


The program included visual art, singing and a spoken word performance. After representatives from various advocacy groups addressed the audience, the film premiere capped off the evening. Marital Rape Is Real is a 6-minute short film adapted from several of my published essays.

Anne and Ashna in action on day 1 of filming.
Anne and Ashna in action on day 1 of filming.

Conceptualized in a few weeks time and filmed during two consecutive 5-hour shoots, Marital Rape Is Real is my artful contribution to #SAAM.

Marital Rape Is Real – Film Screening

Here are some of the individuals that helped make the project a success:

Laura Jenemann is the Media, Film Studies & Dance Librarian at George
Mason University. She has worked on a variety of productions
for public access television and writes and presents on film distribution
and dance. Laura is Past-Chair of the Video Round Table of the American
Library Association and a proud member of Women in Film and Video of
Washington, D.C. She is also proud of her Graduate Certificate in
Teaching English as A Second Language from Mason, which has provided her
more opportunities to help others.

Anne HSAnne Saul is a Film and Multimedia Lab manager at George Mason University by day, and a musician, race car driver and videographer by night. She lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband Mike and their “threen-ager” (headstrong three year old) Lily.

Ashna_Sharan_HS2A Virginia native, Ashna Sharan, made her way into acting after modeling, competing in pageants and dancing for several years. In a short period of time, she booked a principal role in a national commercial and multiple industrials for the government and other organizations. While pursuing her passion for acting, Ashna has played lead and supporting roles in various shorts and features. As a volunteer for domestic violence awareness organizations, she is grateful to be cast in Marital Rape Is Real, which addresses issues that happen worldwide and affect so many people behind closed doors.

Katherine Velle is a Junior at George Mason University majoring in Film and Video Studies with a concentration in Production and Post-production. She is President of the Iota chapter of Delta Kappa Alpha, a professional cinema fraternity. Katherine is pursuing a career in video editing and passionate about piecing together footage to tell a story in interesting and creative ways. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and binge-watching reality TV.

Special Thanks to:

The George Mason University FVS Faculty
Denise Klasen-López
Thandiwe Ama