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Meet filmmaker KAYLA ROBINSON https://www.kayla-robinson.com/ and learn about her current film: BALL IS BALL. Inspired by the life experience of writer/director Kayla Robinson, Ball is Ball is a narrative short […]
Meet filmmaker KAYLA ROBINSON
https://www.kayla-robinson.com/
and learn about her current film: BALL IS BALL.

Inspired by the life experience of writer/director Kayla Robinson, Ball is Ball is a narrative short film about the lasting impact and complicated nuances of sexual assault.

https://www.ballisballfilm.com/

The story follows Robin Coleman, a high school basketball star who’s caught the attention of her dream college — and her crush. While sharing the excitement, she misplaces her trust in a friend and soon learns the ill-intention of another unsuspected admirer.

Why I’m telling this story
‘Ball is Ball’ was inspired by events that have lived in my journals and been discussed in therapy for years. The first time I got drunk with friends, I blacked out. When I came back into consciousness I was being sexually assaulted by another friend in a house I’d never been in. I was in high school and didn’t know how to handle the situation, so I didn’t tell my parents and no report was ever filed. With the rise of the #MeToo movement in recent years and the criticism against survivors that came with it, asking “why now” or “that was so long ago”, I wanted to shed light on how present trauma can feel no matter how much time has passed. For fellow survivors, I wanted to create a film that felt honest without glorifying the horror, but also encouraged them to show themselves empathy if their instinctual reaction to a situation isn’t what they’d always planned. Creating this project has been therapeutic in many ways and my hope is that it can be a stop on someone else’s healing journey as well.