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Artvamp has just acquired rights to do a film adaptation of the book Finding Love Through Female Domination, by Renee Lane!



Brilliant, crazy, intense, and a must have for anyone who is genuinely kinky. It’s like reading “Venus in Furs” but as told from Wanda’s perspective. ( Review)

Finding Love Through Female Domination is an intimate and exciting, if in places darkly spellbinding, portrait of an couple exploring the outer boundaries of a femdom relationship. (Goodreads Review)

Dominatrix Renee Lane and her submissive husband live in Memphis, Tennessee, disguised as an average married couple. In private life, they are mistress and slave. For the last ten years, Ms. Renee has employed erotic S&M, mind control, and brainwashing techniques to forge an intimate and loving bond with her submissive partner. They consider themselves explorers of the boundaries of consensual female domination. Ms. Renee’s intense and radical approach to their relationship will challenge the reader who merely dabbles in BDSM.

The book is a collection of e-mails between Renee and a close friend, as well as Butler’s journal detailing his ever deepening submission to his true love. We follow the story as Renee continually challenges him to give up control and abandon his own agency. All the while she urged on by her lover and confidant, Heather, who acts as both observer and accomplice to his total enslavement.  

Make no mistake, this is a love story.  A story of unrelenting faith, trust, and devotion, and a couple’s willingness to cross boundaries and take things to the limit together in their own special world.  Mind-bendingly erotic, and heart-wrenchingly romantic.  An answer to the misconceptions of BDSM and Total Power Exchange portrayed in popular media.


As the film opens, Butler, having just gotten off the phone with his Mistress, has made the critical misstep of announcing that he would crawl there on his hands and knees just to see her for a few moments.  Renee cheerfully accepts the offer and he knows that he has no choice but to make good on the promise. We watch as he comically struggles to avoid the attention of passersby, pretending to look for lost objects while he makes his way, scuttling several blocks from his condo to her driveway. As he arrives he’s greeted with laugher and mocking from Heather.  It’s his first introduction to Renee’s best friend, who is endlessly amused at his humiliation, but skeptical about his willingness to go further.   

This is just the beginning. In increasingly devious and carefully conceived steps, Renee begins stripping Butler of his autonomy as he pines to live with her and eventually marry her.  The more cruel she becomes, the more cemented his love and devotion. But the plan is not without snags.  Renee pushes too far too fast and Butler finds himself lost in the vanilla world once again, only to come crawling back, begging for enslavement. The idea of a woman treating him as an equal leaves him bored and disenchanted. Both realize that his escape is unthinkable, and that neither of them want to stop the games of torture, humiliation, and degradation that have become a way of life. 

The viewer watches as his mind is broken again and again. Girlfriend Heather is surprised and impressed with the spectacle and begins taking more of an active role in his demise, while pulling ideas for the training of her own slave, Suzy. Cleverly Renee pushes Butler to points of objection and then tears down his resistance with such brutal persistence that the viewer wonders where it will all end. Using sexuality, chastity, dehumanization, brainwashing, and creative forms of punitive torment, she takes over his entire existence. He couldn’t be more satisfied with the arrangement, craving her diabolical sadism and relenting to her tyranny with religious ecstasy. He is, in fact, introduced to her coven of similarly-minded women in a series of rituals befitting a secret society.

Eventually, it’s not enough that he is a mere slave in private. The time comes when Renee makes it clear that she wants the outside world to perceive him as powerless and pathetic as well. She parades him on holiday as her manservant, loaning him out to be used and looked down upon by others.

Fearing stagnation, though, Renee shares her idea for Butler’s most extreme test yet with Heather. It will prove to all of them, beyond any doubt, that he belongs to her forever. Their bond is unbreakable. Like a man forsaken by his god, we follow Butler’s greatest challenge and witness the kind of love and sacrifice rarely shared between partners.


In July 2019, Director Viola Voltairine met with Naomi McDougall Jones. As a women filmmakers, it had become clear to both of them that there are systemic obstacles in place to prevent us from being as successful and prolific as men in the movie industry. Naomi put the numbers together to prove this point in her above TED talk. PLEASE WATCH IT!

In looking at the facts, one thing becomes painfully clear: Women are as talented and capable as men in this business (50% of film school graduates are women), but we get only a small fraction of the financial support and promotion within the industry (only 8% of larger budget features are made by women). Look at a giant like Paramount Pictures.  In 2018 there were ZERO female directors included on their roster of new releases! ZERO! NONE!

Because of this bias, MOST of the movies audiences are exposed are made from a limited male-centric perspective! It’s not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that perspective. It’s just the only one we get to see! As Naomi asks, wouldn’t you like to experience other perspectives on the screen? To have conventions challenged and learn other points of view? 

What Viola didn’t know before talking with Naomi is that movies made by and about women MAKE MORE MONEY than other kinds of films. Investors have much more chance of recouping their investments when women are the writers, directors and producers. The numbers show that we’re just better at this. And we have an underserved audience who wants to see what we produce.

You can personally benefit from investing in movies made by women!  You’ll make a profit and help change the industry!

On top of that, the way that BDSM and D/s relationships are portrayed in the mainstream is terribly skewed, inaccurate, and male-fantasy centered. The type of Dominatrices usually portrayed are Pros, and though it’s important to see positive depictions of women in sex work, there’s a whole culture of lifestyle FemDoms – women who Dominate men for pleasure rather than cash – that is virtually ignored. And Domination is typically shown in a comic context – woman exerting power over men becomes a joke. It’s uncomfortable for some mainstream audiences, simply because they are not used to it. 

On the other hand, obviously abusive and non-consensual heterosexual relationships are held up as examples of D/s in stories like 50 Shades. While only a fantasy – and everyone is, of course, entitled to their fantasies – the fact that this is the go-to example of the BDSM lifestyle only reinforces the cultural norm of male power and control in an already male dominated society.

Where are the powerful, erotic, moving stories of real Female Led D/s relationships?  

They are practically non-existent!

You can help change that. 

Support FemDoms telling our own stories from our perspective!


  • Contributors – small donations to the preproduction fund to pay the casting agent and screenwriter.  $20,000 needed. Contributors will get perks such as signed copies of the book and access to early clips from the film, behind the scenes footage, as well as a thank you in the credits.
  • Production Partners/Executive Producers – investors in the film who will own a large portion of the profits and help promote the movie through funding, connections, influence or expertise.
  • Product Placement Sponsorship – have a product you want to sell to our film’s audience?  We will work with sponsors to place it prominently in the film, and include mention and links in co-promotions.
  • Actors and extras – want to be seen in the first real lifestyle FemDom movie in recent memory? Audition for a role!

To be a part of this project in one or more of the above ways, please contact Director Viola Voltairine at

The Boy from War story

Hello friends,

I want to tell you a story. When I was ten years old I was living in Basra, Iraq and war just broke out with Iran. I had already spent five years living in Iowa City and was adjusting to my new life in my birthplace. I also had a dog named Snoopy. Almost every night my family and I would hear the war sirens and the bombings would start. It would shake the ground and we would often take cover in our bathroom. I was deeply traumatized by the bombings and it’s something I never really recovered from. I was convinced that I was going to die. We eventually escaped Iraq and I ended back in Iowa City at the start of high school in the mid 1980’s. At that time, I tried to make sense of the world through my drawings, experimenting with psychedelic drugs, and embracing the subculture of punk rock. I was forming an identity through all this chaos and darkness to understand my life.

This story is not so unique. It’s the story of a kid that grew up displaced and tried to find his place. So many kids share this story.

So much of Hollywood ignores our stories and keeps broadcasting tired old stereotypes of the Arab terrorist or the ignorant foreigner. But the truth is that my story and all of those before me is what makes America what it is. That’s also why I returned to Iraq at the start of the United States invasion to make a documentary called Nice Bombs about life for Iraqis during war; and my second documentary American Arab about the rising bigotry toward Middle Eastern people. But with this new film I’m going back to my early years, the time of my childhood into a teenager and what that looked and felt like.

Animation is a powerful way to express a lived and traumatic experience. It can speak to the child in all of us and a way to move fluidly in time and space. Only animation can take us inside the world of this ten year old boy living through a traumatizing war.

We are a creative team of film producers and animators all working together, and what we first need to create is something called an animatic. Think of an animatic as a rough visual draft of the whole film. Once we get that done we can start pitching Boy from War to film studios to secure the final funding and make this a reality.

My mentors in Chicago, former historian and author Studs Terkel, and documentary filmmaker Gordon Quinn, taught me that if you tell your story truthfully and clearly you will connect with others. And I believe this. With so much media distortion out there about marginalized communities, it’s an act of rebellion to tell your story truthfully. This film needs to be inserted into our culture to shed light on these ignored stories. This is how we make the world a better place, by humanizing these ignored stories in order to connect and generate empathy.

We are currently living in a time of hostility and violence toward people from the Middle East and refugees escaping war. Our president has been framing us as the ‘other,’ as a people that are not part of America. To vilify refugees, to see people fleeing danger as a danger themselves, it’s evil. It says that we’ve lost something as Americans. This film will break through that nonsense and tell a true story, a real story about triumph and a shared human experience.

We have launched a campaign to start getting this animatic going and paid for. If you can help us financially to raise $15,000 we would be so appreciative. We are looking for direct contributions or matching contributions or just help getting the word out.

This film will be beautiful, entertaining and accessible to a wide audience. With your help, we can start telling real stories about our shared human experience. Even if you cannot help financially, I hope you can share this post with others through social media or email.

As a filmmaker, I keep returning to my own story as a vehicle to shed light on these issues. Everything helps and thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate you!

With love and respect,

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