Niagara Gazette

December 23, 2013

Upcoming local film "Scope of Practice" shines spotlight on domestic violence

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Niagara Gazette — The Buffalo/Niagara film community had a busy 2013 with plenty of high-profile and low-budget movies shooting throughout much of Western New York.

For one in particular, the process of completing a movie has been particularly trying. "Scope of Practice," a film written and directed by Buffalo-based Brandyn T. Williams, takes the real-life story of one of the movie's crew members and turns it into a film receiving the attention of several domestic violence awareness groups.

It tells the story of a fictional emergency medical technician who is called to the house of a professional football player in Buffalo to treat an injured woman. He notices suspicious injuries and begins to question whether there's something he can do to help stop the cause.

Williams said he wanted to tell a story about action, not just awareness, with his film.

"This is the first film I've done that actually has true passion behind it," Williams said. "Everything else was somewhat of an experiment with different genres and for fun but this is the film where we got serious. I made it to inspire action against domestic violence not simply to raise awareness of it."

Produced by Williams's BeWILdered Media Productions, the film, set to premiere in Buffalo in spring 2014, has been submitted to festivals like the Los Angeles Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Williams said it will be submitted for inclusion to some of the more high-profile festivals like South By Southwest – SXSW – and TriBeCa in 2015, before hopefully being made available on services like Netflix and Hulu.

"Scope of Practice" stars local talent Chris Barbis, Arlynn Knauff, Matt Fleck, Bryan Patrick Stoyle, Angel Izard, Samantha Hoy, Bobby Gott and Chris Modryznski. Cinematographers Matt Nardone and Joe Blodgett of NDstudios Inc. served as cameramen.

Click below to view the trailer for the movie: