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Asbury Movie Premiere Highlights Important Topics

September 30, 2021

The Asbury University Media Communication department in collaboration with Hollywood veteran Nancy Stafford (Matlock, Magnum P.I., Who’s the Boss?), Asbury alumna Katie Oostman ’15 and Professor Doug Smart produced an original film called Damaged Goods. The movie, starring Hannah Alline, explores the difficult and culturally relevant topics of abuse, alcoholism, and family and relationship dysfunction.

“Our goal was to create a film that was real as well as project hope for the future,” said Dr. Jim Owens, dean of the Asbury School of Communication Arts and professor of Media Communication. “I am very proud of their work! Damaged Goods is a film that we believe will resonate with our audience. It is honest and straight-forward while projecting hope in difficult times.”

Damaged Goods recently won Best Narrative Feature at the Knoxville Film Festival and was also selected for entry at NewFilmmakers NY, Louisville’s International Festival of Film, LA Femme International Film Festival, and Hollywood Women’s Film Institute: Hollywood Women’s International Film Festival. Read more about the film.

The movie explores difficult topics, and its creators hope that it will allow for healing and restoration for those who have suffered abuse. Please see these potential resources if you or someone you know needs support.

Christian Counseling and Hotlines

Domestic Violence Resources

General Christian Counseling Services

Addiction Recovery

Refuge for Women

At the October 1 premiere of Damaged Goods in Lexington, the producers also welcomed representatives from Kentucky-based Refuge for Women to learn more about the local resources available to help women who have suffered from sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Refuge for Women is a non-profit, faith-based organization providing specialized, restorative care at no charge for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. Refuge for Women believes in offering healing hope to women who have suffered sexual abuse, as most trafficking victims were victims of abuse beginning at a young age.