Anita, a college student who happens to be deaf, struggles with isolation in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Carter. Anita finds issue when a friend of his seems unusually close to him. She later discovers this friend can relate to her much more than expected.

  • Ryan Joiner
  • Ryan Elise Joiner
  • Ryan Elise Joiner
  • Paige Collins
  • Diego Leon
  • Maya Herbert
  • Ashley Leeper
    Key Cast
  • John Kearney
    Key Cast
  • Chelsea Lavallee
    Key Cast
  • Ryan Elise Joiner
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 1 second
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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  • Jacksonville Film Festival
    Jacksonville, Florida
    United States
    November 17, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Ryan Joiner

My name is Ryan Elise Joiner! I am an 18 year old filmmaker born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently, I am a freshman at Florida State University majoring in Motion Picture Arts with an emphasis on Production. I love film because of its ability to storytell and display human interaction through a unique medium.

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Director Statement

Anita is a story about a differently-abled young woman in an abusive relationship and could be triggering for some. I tried to put an emphasis on subtleness to avoid these feelings, however, I acknowledge the heavy weight of the material. This story is also about unity in unlikely places. We all live in our own worlds, feeling alone in our experience. Anita learns that she isn’t, and teaches us that we’re not.