Official Press Release: Antiguan Documentary ‘Silent Music’ to World Premiere at CaribbeanTales 2012

Silent Music, the first feature-length documentary by Antiguan filmmaker Melissa A. Gomez, will have its World Premiere on September 15th at the 2012 CaribbeanTales Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The documentaryfollows Melissa, a hearing daughter of deaf parents, on a personal journey as she investigates the silence and communication breakdown that define her Antiguan family. What results is a story that, “with a mixture of humor and compassion… uncovers something universal about the intricate and profound nature of long term relationships,” says A.C.E film editor, Plummy Tucker.

“It took me a little while to realize that the power of my deaf family’s story lay not in how different my parents’ deafness makes us, but rather in how similar we are to everyone else,” says Gomez who is the Director, Producer, and Writer of Silent Music. “In Silent Music, I aim to gain a deeper understanding of who my family is beyond their deafness and the resulting film is something that has both surprised and moved me.”

Originally from Antigua, Melissa lives and works in New York as a documentary filmmaker. Most recently, she has worked with AMC Networks as a Post-Producer on behind-the-scenes content for AMC’s original series, and with Oscar award-winning director, Alex Gibney, as a Researcher on “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”.  Melissa’s short film, “Share and Share Alike”, won Best Documentary Production at the 2010 Berlin International Black Cinema Festival and was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 2010 Pan African Film Festival in Culver City, California.

When asked why Silent Music stood out to her, award-winning filmmaker and Founder of CaribbeanTales, Frances-Anne Solomon said, “whenever we draw on our own deepest experiences to tell stories, those narratives end up being fundamentally authentic and compelling. Silent Music is a perfect example of this. It’s a Caribbean tale I’ve never heard before and the resulting documentary is well-told, and captivating. I commend Melissa for doing it – daring to delve into her personal well so fearlessly. It dashes all stereotypes about what it means to be ‘Caribbean’.”

Silent Music was filmed in both Antigua and Missouri, where both halves of Melissa’s family live, and includes intimate interviews with various family members and family friends. The world premiere of this personal film represents the culmination of a 7 year-long labor of love for Gomez, who says it would not have been possible without the dedication of Jay Prychidny, the Toronto-based, Gemini award-winning editor who worked long distance on the project with Gomez for most of that time, and many others who never stopped believing in the importance of telling this story.

Against the backdrop of the Toronto International Film Festival, Gomez will also participate with Silent Music in the CaribbeanTales Incubator – a competitive five-day intensive program that will involve networking opportunities, a Market Lab, and a Pitching Breakfast with industry representatives.

“I’m incredibly excited that Silent Music will be launched at CaribbeanTales – in fact I can think of no place more appropriate! It feels like I’m coming home,” says Gomez, who first became acquainted with CaribbeanTales when she screened her award-winning documentary short, Share and Share Alike, at the 2009 CaribbeanTales Film Festival.

The World Premiere screening of Silent Music is open to all. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this and the best of Caribbean filmmaking at the 2012 Caribbean Tales Toronto Showcase running from September 4th to 15th at the Harbourfront Center in downtown Toronto.

SCREENING DETAILS:

6:00PM on Saturday 15th September 2012

Harbourfront Center
Toronto, Ontario

Purchase tickets & view the full calendar of CaribbeanTales events: http://caribbeantales-events.com/

View the Silent Music trailer and more at www.silentmusicthefilm.com

For more information, contact Melissa at info@silentmusicthefilm.com

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