Brienna Hairston, Andre "Smoov" Benton, Courtney Martin, and Chase Young star in the Rudy's Girl Media independent short-film written by Natalie K. Hodge and directed by Chase Nappier.

Stolen Crowns
Natalie Hodge

Writer & Executive Producer

Natalie is the CEO of Rudy's Girl Media located in Martinsville, Virginia.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Justice & Policy Studies and African American Studies from Guilford College and a master's degree in African American Studies from Cornell University.  Natalie has over a decade of experience in the higher education field and entertainment industry and is currently a Project Director for Ross Innovative Employment Solutions.  She oversees the successful administration of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity grant for the West Piedmont region of Virginia.  The grant provides federal funding for individuals with barriers to employment including but not limited to Returning Citizens. Discover more about Natalie's multimedia offerings at:

Charika Carter

Executive Producer

Charika is on a mission to build-up, empower and provide holistically sound approaches to help those affected by trauma and stressful life experiences that cause disturbances in relationships begin to heal. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Troy University in Troy, Alabama and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia. As a direct service provider and advocate with focuses on equity, domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, trauma and resiliency for the past five years, she has worked with community partners to ensure that those she serves are provided with the necessary supportive services needed to grow and become peaceful, complete, whole and safe.

Chase Nappier

Director & Editor

Chase is from Reidsville, North Carolina. Married to Rosa and dad to Audrey--family is important to him. Chase is passionate about photography, editing, and all things visual storytelling. He loves cigarettes, cussing, and going hard on the set. Chase believes good visual media can change the world.


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Stolen Crowns was created to inspire conversation about the impact of domestic violence on families and communities.  The producers look forward to bringing this powerful project to schools, organizations, and businesses invested in heightening awareness and connecting to resources.

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