‘Silent Music’ Participates in Market Incubator @ CaribbeanTales 2012

UPDATE! UPDATE! Melissa Gomez, the Antiguan and Barbudan producer of the documentary film Silent Music, reports that not only did her film debut to a full house, it also walked away with the award for Best Documentary at Caribbean Tales 2012. Of the response to the film, she said, “Instead of misunderstanding my motivations for telling such a personal story (one of my fears) – it appears that the audience fell in love with my parents, the main characters of the film. What more could I ask for??” Of receiving the award, she said, “Words can’t explain how amazing it feels for the first response to this labor of love to have been so positive.”

This September 12th 2012 update comes courtesty producer Melissa Gomez:

Last week was a busy one for Silent Music at CaribbeanTales in
Toronto! The week began with an introduction to the CaribbeanTales Maket
Incubator program with a focus on the importance of telling Caribbean stories
and on perfecting the art of “TIFF’ing” (who knew “to TIFF” was a verb??) at
the Toronto International Film Festival, which is taking place concurrently
with the CaribbeanTales Film Festival.

Then followed three intense days of the CaribbeanTales Market Incubator
where I honed the “perfect pitch” for the film, pairing up with mentors in the
film industry and finessing the business plan for marketing and distribution.
Wednesday’s highlights included the opening launch gala of the 2012
CaribbeanTales Film Festival with the screening of the British-Barbadian
documentary, “The Story of Lovers Rock”. Next up were two intense days of
TIFF’ing with Sales & Industry pass in hand, while the culmination of the
incubator happened on Sunday: the ultimate pitch to a panel of industry
professionals at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The guest list included
representatives from Berlinale, NFB (National Film Board of Canada), Telefilm Canada,
CBC, and Ventana Sur – no pressure there!

To put the icing on the cake, in the midst of the incubator and TIFF
networking awesomeness, and in anticipation of the September 15th
World Premiere, Silent Music was featured in an interview on CHYR (Toronto)
radio and in this week’s edition of “Share”, a local Toronto newspaper
aimed at the Caribbean Diaspora (yep – that’s me on the front cover!) –
http://sharenews.com/antiguan-filmmakers-silent-music-a-very-personal-journey/

All in all – many new friends and several amazing films and experiences
later – I can’t think of a better way to have kicked off the countdown to the
World Premiere of Silent Music: just 4 days left!

CaribbeanTales is just starting to heat up, so be sure to check out the full
calendar of CaribbeanTales 2012 events at: http://caribbeantales-events.com/

Tickets to the World Premiere of Silent Music are available (but not for
long!) at: http://tickets.harbourfrontcentre.com/calendar/view.aspx?id=18889

WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING DETAILS:

6:00PM on Saturday 15th September 2012 (Q&A with Director to
follow)
Harbourfront Center
Toronto, Ontario

Silent Music is the first feature-length documentary
directed and produced by Melissa A. Gomez. The film follows Melissa, a hearing
daughter of deaf parents, on a very personal journey as she investigates the
silence and lack of communication that define her Antiguan family. Through
difficult confrontations and unexpected revelations, the film celebrates the
love of family while also forcing both Melissa and the audience to answer a
difficult question for themselves: ‘Are some secrets best left hidden?’

“Characterised by a disarming balance of the coy and a commitment
to honesty and openness, Silent Music, seemingly effortlessly, but with great
determination and compassion, walks a well judged line between the universal
and the particular, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the filmmaker’s own
life and that of her subjects.”

– Christopher Laird, CEO of Gayelle: The Channel

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