NORMAN — Oklahoma filmmaker Lagueria Davis’ life was forever changed when she took a job she stumbled upon by coincidence.
The University of Oklahoma alumna was looking for a way to put herself through school when she found a newspaper ad for a position at the Women’s Resource Center shelter in Norman. Though she had no experience or understanding of what she was getting herself into, Davis accepted the job for its flexible schedule.
Three months later Davis was self-described a “mess of emotions.” It didn’t stop her from throwing herself into advocacy for abused women by creating the indie feature film “1 in 3.”
The film, loosely based on her experience at the Norman shelter, refers to the statistic that 33 percent of women will be abused physically and/or mentally at some point in their lives. “1 in 3” was recently named a Bronze Winner of the 2013 Telly Awards in the Social Issues category. It was chosen from among 11,000 entries representing all 50 states and international competitors.
“The award gives the film a little more validation and credibility,” Davis said. “In the industry, films are judged by recognizable faces and marketable subject matter.”
The Bronze Telly is a merit boost for what might be easily written-off as a downer movie because it’s about domestic violence.
Davis is currently plumbing the TUGG organization that brings independent movies to local theaters based by popular demand and negotiating with Netflix to put “1 in 3” before larger audiences.
“1 in 3” has been screened at several festivals including at Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival. Much of “1 in 3” was filmed in Norman, Oklahoma City and Edmond using Oklahomans for the cast and crew.
From her own lack of knowledge, Davis understood that others were unaware of domestic violence as well and that the story needed to be told.