Private Project

Self Offense

Self Offense is an award winning and seat gripping suspense film about the journey of four women victimized by abuse and violence. Their individual stories are woven together through the self defense course where they meet and gain tools necessary to break the cycle of abuse that has paralyzed them from moving forward. Shot as a suspense film, engaging a broader audience, the message is important and has the power to create dialogue about the issue of violence against women.

  • Wendy Keeling
    Bounty Momma, Key West Vet, Just Grate
  • Wendy Keeling
  • Alex Hall
  • Robert Coles
  • Wendy Keeling
    Just Grate, Chloe, The Dooms Chapel Horror, 11 Seconds
  • Wendy Keeling
    Key Cast
    Bounty Momma, Stoker, House Slave, The Dooms Chapel Horror, To Be Loved, Clock Out, Revelation Trail, Changing Seasons
  • Rebecca Lines
    Key Cast
    Produce, The Good Book, Anyones Ghost, 11 Seconds
  • Carla Christina Contreras
    Key Cast
    11 Seconds, Anyones Ghost, Summer Snow
  • Susannah Devereux
    Key Cast
    Anyones Ghost, Celibacy: A True Love Story
  • Levi Montgomery
    Key Cast
    Kill Speed, Junkyard Dogs
  • David Ditmore
    Key Cast
    Boulevard, Lukewarm, Nashville
  • Barbie Clark
    Key Cast
    Clock Out, The Dooms Chapel Horror
  • Judy Jackson
    Key Cast
    Just Grate, Little Red, 10 Seconds
  • Christopher Bower
    Key Cast
    Clock Out, The Dooms Chapel Horror
  • Caleb Shore
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama, Suspense, Women
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • The Asheville Cinema Fest
    Asheville, NC
    November 9, 2014
    Winner Best Short Film
  • The Louisville International Festival of Film
    Louisville, Tn
    October 9, 2014
    Winner Best Short Film
  • The Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival
    Muskogee, Ok
    April 6, 2014
    Winner Best Short Film P.A.I.N Award
  • The Knoxville Film Festival
    Knoxville, Tn
    September 11, 2014
    Winner 2nd place Best Tenneessee Film
  • The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
    Wilmington, NC
    May 3, 2014
    Nominated Best Drama, Nominated Best Female Director
  • Memphis International Film Festival
    Memphis, Tn
    April 8, 2014
  • The Brevard Short Film Festival
    Brevard, North Carolina
    May 31, 2014
  • The Nashville Film Festival
    Nashville, Tn
    April 17, 2014
  • No Gloss Film Festival
    Leeds, UK
    October 11, 2014
    European Premier
  • Shortz! Film Festival
    Chico, Ca
    September 14, 2014
  • Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    September 21, 2014
  • Key West Film Festival
    Key West Florida
    November 15, 2014
    Florida Premiere
  • The Valley Film Festival
    Hollywood California
    December 14, 2014
  • The Historic Uptown Whittier Film Festival
    Whittier, CA
    March 13, 2015
  • 5th Siliguri International Short Film and Documentary Contest 2014
    November 16, 2014
  • Tupelo Film Festival
    Tupelo, MS
    April 16, 2015
  • The Magnolia Independent Film Festival
    Starkville, Ms
    February 19, 2015
  • Alhambra Theater and Film Festival
    Evansville, IN
  • The Bangladesh Women's Film Festival
    March 15, 2015
    Winner Audience Award
  • The Rendezvous Festival
    Amelia Island Florida
    June 11, 2015
  • The Southeastern Film Festival
  • The Film Festival Collective
    XFINITY Cable
  • Smoky Mountain Film Festival
    Gatlinburg, Tn
    November 8, 2015
    Winner Wendy Keeling Best Actress
  • Women Media Arts and Film Festival
    Sydney, Australia
    September 26, 2015
  • Blaquefyre Independent Film Festival
  • Milledgeville Film Festival
    Milledgeville, Georgia
    April 15, 2016
  • Cinema Soup Film Festival
    Matton, Il
    United States
    August 20, 2016
  • Indigo Moon Film Festival
    Fayetteville, NC
    United States
    October 7, 2016
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, MD
    United States
    June 10, 2017
Director Biography - Wendy Keeling

Wendy Keeling is an Actor, Artist, Director, and Producer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Wendy grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. As a young girl she was drawn to anything and everything creative. She seems to continue to be attracted to all things creative that do not necessarily pay the big bucks.

Wendy has worked both in front and behind the camera on projects in television, film, commercials, music videos, and stage. A jack of many trades, Wendy’s skills range from Acting, Directing, Casting, Set Design, Production Manager, and Producer. Recently she has switched hats to writing, directing, and producing her own projects with her production company 7 Mile Bridge Productions. "Self Offense", an award winning short film about domestic violence and stalking, has been accepted to 25 film festivals Internationally and has won several awards including best film and best actress.

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Director Statement

This project has a deep meaning to our cast and crew. Many of us have been touched by violence to women, either personally or with someone we love. It happens everyday and can happen to anyone regardless of their appearance, race, religion, income, or sexuality.

Shot as a suspense film, engaging a broader audience, the message is important and has the power to create dialogue about the issue of violence against women. The film was shot as a suspense film in order to engage a broad audience. We hope to make a difference and start people talking about these issues with this film.

Thank you for your consideration!

Wendy Keeling
Director/ Producer