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A year after returning from a long tour in Afghanistan, a mentally fragile veteran returns to the warpath after a sexual predator perceives her to be just another attractive woman. 

Violation is a visually and sonically driven short film that tells the story of Shayla, a female combat veteran with PTSD triggered by the threat of sexual assault. Shayla is a modern day femme fatale, a fully realized woman who’s dangerous and beautiful. Violation tells the story of the trauma inflicted on her as she’s moved from military life in a foreign war zone to civilian life in a domestic war zone. Violation will also examine dual role of music as psychological first aid and destructive influence. 

At its core, Violation explores the perception of black female beauty in the black male gaze. It also connects the dots between dehumanization of the enemy in military violence with the dehumanization of men, women and children in urban communities.   Juxtaposing the experience of living in violent communities with the dangerous and unpredictable environment of war, Violation explores PTSD as a valid response to both. 

Jevonne Bowman is an award winning filmmaker from Schenectady, NY. She is a 2009 graduate of Howard University and a cycle 17 alumna of the Made In New York PA Training Program. Within months of graduating, she was sought after for her production management skills and has worked in many different environments, including films, PSA's, and TV. After working in every department on set, she's very well rounded. Her credits include Storm Chasers(2011), Four Weddings (2012), and All On The Line With Joe Zee (2012). After finding success in TV, she founded JAB New York, LLC in 2012 for her creative endeavors and dove headfirst into producing her first film, Deluge, which premiered at the New Voices in Black Film Festival (2014). She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she freelances in post-production and is developing several projects for production in 2014.

Ariana McLean is a Brooklyn-based media maker, who freelances in many aspects of media production—including graphic design, video editing, photography, tv/film production, and social media/sales strategizing. She worked for two years as the Media Associate of the “Made in NY” PA Training Program (a program of the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media Entertainment). She is currently working on a feature documentary funded by Swiss Public Television that is investigating the kidnappings of three women in Guatemala. Her producer credits include: a short documentary: “Best Burrito in Brooklyn,” two PSAs for the “Made in NY” PA Training Program, and a PSA for Brooklyn Workforce Innovations.  Ariana received her BA in International Relations from Tufts University in 2011.

Costume Designer:
Lux Haac is a costume and production designer working in theatre, film, opera, and dance.  Her most recent works include: The Seagull, directed by Richard Feldman; A Sea Apart, a film directed by Esra Saydam and Nissan Dag;  Figaro 90210!, a new adaptation of the classic opera, directed by Melissa Crespo;  A Teacher’s Reward, a film by Laura Brown; Deluge, a film by Nijla Mumin; Smoke, a new play by Vicki Ramirez at the Pershing Square Signature Center; The Red and the Black, directed and adapted by Deloss Brown at the Theatre at St. Clements; and Numbers/Dates, new operatic works commissioned and  performed by Rhymes with Opera.  Lux received her MFA in Design for Stage and Film from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  For more information please go to Lux Haac Design.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts