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Synopsis: Every 9 seconds a woman experiences abuse.
This film tells the emotional story of a woman trapped in an abusive relationship through dance-exploring the dangers and dynamics of being at once pulled towards someone while also desperately needing to pull away.


Social Issues



Run Time

3 minutes


Carolyn Paine
Langston Fisburne

Directed by

Carolyn Paine

Produced by

Nicole Cassarino-Conlon

Edited by

Ray Roberts


Ray Roberts

Director's Statement

1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and violence against women is the biggest threat to the health of women under 50.
Domestic Violence is not an easy subject to deal with, but it is an important one.
To me, telling this story through dance is poignant because it offers a unique perspective in how you can show the emotional and physical struggle. I am hoping that by looking at domestic violence through the art of dance, it will make it something that can be more easily shared which will in turn open more communication and help people understand the complicated reality of this kind of relationship. The goal is to get people aware and talking and hopefully move us towards progress of altering those kind of statistics.
We can and should break the silence.

Director's Bio

Carolyn Paine is an actress, dancer, choreographer, and comedian. She has appeared in various TV shows and national commercials as well as regional and Off-Broadway theatre productions.
A native of Boston, MA, she grew up studying intensively at Boston Ballet and later attended the prestigious Acadamie de Danse Classique de Princesse Grace in Monaco as well as attending University of Hartford. She has performed professionally with several acclaimed choreographers and danced as a soloist with Hartford Ballet Theatre, BalletRox, Shoreline Ballet and others. As a dancer and choreographer, some of her favorite experiences have included traveling internationally as dancer with pop stars, being featured in a photo series in Italian Vogue, and dancing for ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
Most notably, she is the founder and director of CT-based CONNetic Dance-best known for her production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy which celebrated its 10th Anniversary last season and has been profiled on NPR, Dance Informa Magazine and had a documentary film, Nutcracker Suite & Spicy: 10 Years in the Making made about it. Her other choreography and dancing have also been featured on The Wonderful World of Dance and her dance short films which deal with social justice issues have won at film festivals including the International Fine Arts Film Festival, The Women in Comedy Festival, and the Female Filmmakers Festival. Additionally, Carolyn is a comedian who has worked with Hannibal Burress-includng creating the role of the stubborn ballerina in his gibberish rap sketch, and is also a writer for various podcasts and websites. Her comedy and comedy shorts have been honored at the Women in Comedy Festival and the International Comedy Festival in California. Carolyn is also a regular panelist on WNPR’s The Nose with Colin McEnroe.

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