AND SO I STAYED is the story of Kim Dadou Brown, a domestic violence survivor who shot and killed her boyfriend when he attempted to strangle her to death in 1991. The price of fighting for her life cost 17 years behind bars. Now a free woman, Kim is advocating for the New York Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act — legislation that will save survivors of abuse from severe prison sentences just for defending themselves.
Natalie Pattillo is a New York based multimedia journalist. Her reporting has made VICE, Jezebel, New York Magazine, Eater, The Nation, Narratively, Women of the Hour, Pacific Standard Magazine, Al Jazeera America, Marfa Public Radio, Salon, Refinery29, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and an on-camera guest appearance on MSNBC's Greenhouse. As a domestic violence survivor, Natalie understands the nuances of the abuser and victim dynamic as well as what position these women might’ve been when they were fighting for their lives. In 2011, Natalie’s sister was killed by her then abusive boyfriend. This documentary would be a deeply personal achievement for her.
Daniel A. Nelson recently finished work as a cinematographer and researcher on Oscar-nominated director David France's feature-length documentary THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON about the suspicious death of Marsha P. Johnson, a woman who helped put the "T" in LGBT, that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. The film is on Netflix. Daniel received his master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in documentary filmmaking in 2016. His thesis at Columbia was a short documentary called POSTURE about the controversial world of competitive yoga, which premiered at the Long Island International Film Expo in July 2017 and was published on Yoga Journal.