"The Unborn", A Short Film Written By Serita Stevens and Directed By Sam Benavides

What happens when an unborn child experiences physical and emotional violence caused by a pitiless, hot-headed, thuggish, maniacal, hot-tempered man.
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Nov. 27, 2011 - PRLog -- Award winning writer, Serita Stevens brings to the screen a sobering, story about domestic violence.  The short film, directed by Sam Benavides, who has also taken home a number of awards for films like “Mansfield Path” and “Forgotten Breath”.  The character’s evolved from Stevens' own experience, witnessing abuse, which her father heaped onto her mother.   Many children of abusive homes, follow the pattern and true to form, Stevens married an abuser, but, quick to recognize the signs, left the marriage when, in a fit of jealousy, he pulled a gun on her.  

The Unborn was nominated for an Edgar Award (A Thriller) and has been published in a number of anthologies.  

The story unfolds as a young baby, while in utero experiences her mother’s murder and vows revenge on the killer.   The main character,  Eddie, played by Jesse Woodrow, is a very convincing abusive husband vgpnf who breaks the spirit of Jane, played by Nora Murrell.  The film also features Sydney Sweeney and Marc Mazur.

While Stevens would never kill her father, writing the story and seeing the screenplay come to life expunged a lot of her angst. Stevens' passion for writing began as a young teen, publishing her first short story while still in high school.  For Stevens' this is not just a thriller about domestic violence, but a film that will invite dialogue and education and remedies for this ongoing cross cultural problem.

“There are so many underlying effects of domestic abuse.  I would love to bring this film to schools,” said Stevens.  In fact, she will be speaking at a local synagogue about domestic violence in January.  
The film is scheduled for a premiere screening in January and film festivals.

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Serita Stevens is the author of 30 books and numerous scripts, Serita has won awards for both novels and screenplays. Born in Chicago, she lived in London for two years while getting her Masters of Writing and spent much time in the British Museum reading room with handwritten letters of Richard the Lionhearted and William the Conqueror.
Source:Deborah Hayter
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