An imprisoned woman dreams of freedom in this short film that blends animation with live action. Lioness sheds light on modern-day slavery in the American prison system.

  • Nicole Pouchet
    Retch, Such an Honor, Strowlers
  • Nicole Pouchet
    Retch, Such an Honor, Strowlers
  • Monica Valenzuela
    Retch, Such an Honor, El Camino Solo
  • Eva Abram
    Key Cast
    23rd & Union
  • Natalie Mazzoni
    Key Cast
    The Alliance
  • Brian Gunter
    Key Cast
  • Sirena Riley
    Key Cast
    God Spelled Backwards
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Nicole Pouchet

(she/her) A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet is a novelist and writer/director for the award-winning fantasy series, STROWLERS. Her horror/social thriller short, RETCH, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 2019, won Best Film at the Seattle Black Film Festival in 2020, and has shown on DirecTV, Amazon, PBS, and Alaska Airlines. Her directorial debut, a sci-fi short called SUCH AN HONOR, is an official selection at multiple festivals in 2020 - 2021 including HollyShorts. Nicole continues to write/direct projects that incorporate social commentary into genre film. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, for Destiny City Film Festival, and for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment; and a lecturer for the University of Virginia, Clarion West, SIFF, and Women in Film.

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