NEW BRITAIN - City resident Torrence Conaway is hoping to shed light on domestic violence with his first short film, “Dominic,” to premiere Friday at a benefit for the Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain.
The film explains the cycle of domestic violence through the eyes of the main character, Dominic, who is shown as both abuser and victim, Conaway said.
“I wanted to have a visual piece on what domestic violence entails,” he said. “Domestic violence isn’t just physical abuse, it can be emotional abuse, financial abuse, male privilege and more. In all there are eight types of abuse and I wanted to show examples of them all.”
Conaway, who facilitates domestic violence support and treatment groups, was able to obtain a grant to help fund the film. He sought actors on social media, staged auditions at the New Britain Public Library and then filmed his cast at two locations in New Britain and East Hartford.
He produced the film in a few months this year in order to have its premiere during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The film will be shown Friday evening at OIC at 114 North St.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. with the film immediately after. A question-and-answer session with the cast of the film will begin at 6:25 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. Fine wine raffles will take place during the event. All proceeds will go to OIC to support the organization’s afterschool programs.
The film can also be rented on Vimeo for 99 cents and purchased on Vimeo for $2.99.
Anyone who would like more information on the film or the premiere can visit www.torrenceconaway.com .