Shelia Samone Brown, Ed. D, will show a screening of her debut film at Little Rock as well as make a presentation at a Pine Bluff church Sunday, Sept. 15.
A Pine Bluff native and longtime educator, Brown recently released her film, “Beneath the Scar,” an adaptation of her book.
“‘Beneath the Scar takes a candid look at the effects domestic violence and human trafficking have on both women and men,” according to a news release.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, Brown will be the guest speaker at Victory Faith Church, 1517 S. Poplar St., at Pine Bluff, according to a news release.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, she will show “Beneath the Scar” at CALS Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market at Little Rock.
“The film tells the story of Samantha Nicole Allen, a beautiful Mississippi debutante and daughter of one of the town’s most notable preachers,” according to the release. “Samantha finds herself entangled in a trap that has the potential to cause her to lose her confidence, beauty and possibly her life. In the midst of her own trials, she is awakened by the despair, tragedies, and strength of others who have also endured abuse. “
A principal in the Dallas Independent School District, Brown has spent more than 20 years as an educator.
“I feel such a sense of inner joy and peace,” she said of seeing her novel go from the printed page to film.
“I wrote ‘Beneath the Scar: Rise to Healing’ to heal personally and to hopefully save someone’s life or quality of life. I hope that the audiences who view ‘Beneath the Scar’ will take away the fact they can have an impact on reducing the cases of domestic violence,” she said.
As an educator, Brown noticed that domestic violence touched many lives. Over the years, she has seen the impact that domestic violence has on families; especially children. She hopes this film will motivate audiences to get involved.
“I want people to be moved to action by this film, whether it’s contacting their legislators to change laws, start advocating for mental health services for victims and abusers, provide financial support to non-profits that provide safe houses for victims and their children or supporting local, state and national campaigns to educate youth and the community about domestic violence,” Brown said.
The author has a Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University. She received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, principal’s certification at Texas Christian University and completed her doctoral studies and superintendent certification at the University of North Texas.
Brown is also an adjunct faculty member for graduate studies at the University of North Texas.
The mother of two and a recent empty nester lives in the Dallas/Fort Work area and serves within her church and various state, national, and international organizations, according to the release.
Brown, founder of Samone Publishing LLC, serves as a catalyst in supporting authors in publishing their stories. She is noted for her workshop series, Pen, Publish & Profit providing proven steps for new and aspiring authors.
Tickets for “Beneath the Scar” are $20 for general admission and $35 for VIP and are available at www.drsamonebrown.com andwww.brwonpapertickets.com .