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The Retreat To Show "Donna, Stronger Than Pretty" By Film Maker Jaret Martino

Sydney A. Braat

The Hamptons Donna, Stronger Than Pretty screening will take place months prior to its national release. (Courtesy Photo)

The Retreat is dedicated to providing safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the end of family violence. Prior to its national release, The Retreat will show Donna, Stronger Than Pretty on Thursday, July 18 at Guild Hall from 7 to 11 p.m. The film features a young mother's "American Dream" that turns into a living nightmare.

"I am compelled to tell stories where women are the heroes who save themselves. Donna, Stronger Than Pretty is an empowering film about the journey of a woman finding her voice. Women often must fight for social and economic equality. This was my mother's reality and the inspiration of Donna, Stronger Than Pretty," remarked Jaret Martino, Film Maker.

Following the screening, a panel of domestic abuse survivors will answer questions and tell their personal stories. The panel will be moderated by author and survivor Leslie Morgan Steiner.

During the event, Guild Hall will display Warrior Portraits, a series that put a face on the hidden stories of domestic violence. The individuals were photographed by Lindsay Morris and their stories are told through journalist Emily Weitz. The entire series can also be seen at locations in East Hampton Village during the week of the July 14.

All are welcome to this open discussion about the issue with a group of strong and empowered survivors. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception with the filmmaker, cast and crew, along with survivors at Guild Hall Garden for those that purchase a sponsor ticket.

Donna, Stronger Than Pretty features Kate Amundsen from Shameless, Westworld, and The Mindy Project as Donna and costars indie film actor Anthony Ficco as her husband Nick. The screenplay was co-written by Jaret Martino and award-winning writer Pat Branch.

Tickets start at $45.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, call 631-324-0806 or visit www.eventbrite.com. For more information on The Retreat, visit www.theretreatinc.org. For more information on Donna, Stronger Than Pretty, visit www.donnathemovie.com.

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