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Melody CooperBy Melody Cooper
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Melody CooperBy Melody Cooper
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THE STORY

THE SOUND OF DARKNESS is a supernatural thriller about a Blind Afro Cuban musician and a Deaf Black American sculptor haunted by a woman only they can see and hear, who leads them to save a missing girl and take on an epic battle against a legacy of racial violence and evil.

The film focuses on the fact that there are currently 64,000 missing Black women and girls in the United States, and mainstream media and authorities are slow to act on the need to find them. I'm partnering with the The Black and Missing Foundation to raise awareness of this issue, which you can learn more about here:

THE BLACK AND MISSING FOUNDATION
THE BLACK AND MISSING FOUNDATION

 

THE SOUND OF DARKNESS also delves into the rarely explored worlds of Orishas (African gods and goddesses), Santeria, the legacy of racism in America, the Blind and Deaf communities, the Afro Cuban experience, and multi ethnic interaction between Filipino, Black, White, Latino and Native American characters.

This is the perfect timing to develop this project in terms of it's relevance and urgency.

LATEST NEWS 

The feature script for THE SOUND OF DARKNESS has been chosen for this year's IRIS Writer's Lab, created by Meryl Streep.

 THE SOUND OF DARKNESS also landed a 2016 Shudder Labs Fellowship from AMC Networks. Shudder Labs has generously provided a $5K grant towards production costs.                        

   

And this year, I'm also Winner of the Women in Cinema International Screenplay competition.

Our total budget is $35K for production and post-production for cast and crew fees, camera, sound and lighting equipment, insurance, location fees, special effects, transportation, food, marketing and editing.  Initial fundraising and grants have gotten us $7,000 closer to our overall goal. BUT We need another $7,000 just to meet the costs of production deferment fees for talent and crew.

The film will be a 15 minute Proof of Concept to submit to festivals like Tribeca, Sundance,  the Toronto Film Festival and the Bronze Film Festival and to generate interest in production of the feature length version. 

CAST

Our wonderful, talented cast includes:

Tiffany Robinson as Lilia
Tiffany Robinson as Lilia

 

Actor and Deaf Rapper Darius McCall as Malvin
Actor and Deaf Rapper Darius McCall as Malvin

 

DeAriesha Mack as Nadine
DeAriesha Mack as Nadine

 

Bryan Veronneau as Morton
Bryan Veronneau as Morton

CREW

Joyia Bradley/EB productions is now co-producing with me.

Our cinematographer is Cybel Martin, the only Black woman to graduate from NYU with a Masters in cinematography. 

Cinematographer Cybel Martin
Cinematographer Cybel Martin

Will Calhoun of Living Color is composing our music.

Composer Will Calhoun of Living Color
Composer Will Calhoun of Living Color

Brian Spears is our special effects artist (LUKE CAGE, DARE DEVIL, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

Brian Spears - Special Effects
Brian Spears - Special Effects

And my crew is largely female in a concerted effort to make sure behind the camera film work is available to women. 

THANK YOU in advance for whatever level of support you can give to help me highlight an important social cause and complete this film, so I can bring it to a larger audience.

Risks and challenges

This is my first time directing, so that's a risk and challenge right there. But not only do I have an INCREDIBLE team working with me, including a talented cast and expert crew, I have highly relevant experience going into this as a an award-winning screenwriter, and a former professional actor. I also have been lucky to recently have worked with amazing filmmaking mentors at Shudder Labs, and have gained the much appreciated support of mentors like Kasi Lemmons, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Anika Noni Rose and Ava Duvernay. The Meryl Streep Writer's Lab is a huge boost.

I wasn't sure I wanted to direct THE SOUND OF DARKNESS at first, but several mentors and producers convinced me that I was the one to do it. The continued support around me from individuals and organizations like NYWIFT, Shudder Labs and IRIS has affirmed that it makes sense for me to pursue my vision and passion to bring this unique story to the screen.

I am especially grateful to all of you who donate to help make this film a reality. It is a vote of confidence that a Black woman can and should tackle this subject matter, and via the particular genre of supernatural thriller, which we are too often excluded from. THANK YOU!

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