"Scope of Practice" Stands Against Domestic Violence

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM EDT

By Desiree Wiley

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - A local film director and Buffalo State graduate has decided to take a stand against domestic violence and hopes others will too.

“The message is the main purpose really,” says Brandyn T. Williams, founder of Bewildered Media Productions. “It’s not just about raising awareness, it’s about inspiring action against domestic violence.”

Williams witnessed domestic violence growing up and his friend was recently involved in an abusive relationship. The horrifying stories from his friend’s experience were the final straw and led him to direct the film “Scope of Practice.”

Williams said, “what inspired this film mostly, wasn’t what he did, it was how people reacted to it.”

His friend was dating a man with a lot of prestige and people chose to ignore his dark side. In fact, people were placing the blame on her.

“They were justifying the way she was to justify what he was doing, it didn’t make any sense to me,” said Williams.

Arlynn Knauff, who plays Emma Philips, the abused wife says it was a big role to fill. Williams and Knauff are both close friends with the woman who gave this movie inspiration.

Knauff said, “one of the things she told me is that, being the woman you always want to seem put together. You don’t want to seem like anything is wrong because then people start blaming you.”

That’s exactly what happened to their friend. In order to make this movie authentic Knauff had to dig deep to bring “Emma” to life.

“I remember thinking, dear God this is what my friend went through. This is what my friend experienced,” said Knauff.

Before filming began Williams found a small, but dedicated team to help spread his message. “Scope of Practice” was shot at a number of local places.

“Lou Rera and Tom McCray, professors from Buffalo State, helped us find an office,” said Williams. “Wehrle Family Restaurant was very accommodating to us, it was perfect.”

The house used for the Philips couple is in Clarence and the Blasdell Fire Department is used in the opening scene.

“I have the best of everything. The best actors I could think of and top notch cinematography. It turned out to be a beautiful piece in the end,” said Williams.

“Scope of Practice” premieres April 6th at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre. For ticket pricing and more information visit www.bewilderedmedia.com or their Facebook page.