“Tunnel Vision” raises domestic violence awareness in a dramatic short film based on real events.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and one local filmmaker is making her mark on the D.C. indie film circuit. An Emmy-nominated producer and director, Kiyoka “Kex” Rhodes wrote Tunnel Vision based on real events that occurred to a woman named Rose Taylor.

The short film follows Rose’s struggle to keep a “picture perfect” family image while she contemplates the decision to leave her husband for the safety of her children.


Behind the scenes from a year ago when principal photography and music composing were underway. #TBT #indiefilm #TunnelVisionFilm

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The cast stars several D.C. metro area talents. Anna Magoulas, who plays the role of Rose Taylor, has made appearances on Veep, House of Cards, Mindhunter, and several other national television shows. Rick Kain plays the role of Frank Taylor and has an extensive acting career playing in Wonder Woman 1984, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Mindhunter, Anacostia, Boardwalk, The Americans, and many other films and TV shows. The children are played by Emma Sophie Moore (a theater performer featured at the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage) and Justin Vargas.

Director, Kiyoka Rhodes, with lead actors Rick Kain and Anna Magoulas at the Global Impact Film Festival in #DC.

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While on the film festival circuit, Tunnel Vision won "Best Short Film" at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza and was also nominated for "Best Original Score" at the Indie Capitol Awards. The film was featured in several other festivals including the Global Impact Film Festival, Nevada Women’s Film Festival, ShortFest Film Market at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Artist Corner for Merit in Production at Northern Virginia International Film Festival.

“I knew for a while that I wanted to do a short narrative on domestic violence, but I wanted to do it at the right time and in a unique way that steered away from the stereotypical domestic violence cases we may hear in the news and media," said Rhodes. "I wanted to emphasize that domestic violence can happen in any home.” 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 10 men and 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during their lives, and 1 in 4 children in the U.S. will experience domesitc violence in their homes before they turn 18. Learn how you can raise awareness or help someone suffering from domestic abuse by visiting the CDC's Violence Prevention website.

Tunnel Vision is currently available for streaming on Amazon Video. To keep up-to-date with D.C. producer/director Kiyoka “Kex” Rhodes, be sure to follow her social media pages on Instagram and Twitter.

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