Melody Cooper, the winner of the Women in Cinema International Screenplay Award, has teamed up with cinematographer Cybel Martin to create, The Sound of Darkness.  This film will shed a light on the 64,000 missing Black women and girls who are ignored by mainstream media and law enforcement in this country.

The Sound of Darkness is a sci-fi and supernatural/horror short film based on a feature script that is about a blind Afro Cuban musician and a deaf black American sculptor who are both being haunted by a woman only they can see and hear, and a missing girl only they can save.

Cooper has partnered with The Black and Missing Foundation, and plans to raise awareness and bring attention to the 64,000+ black women and girls that have gone missing in the United States. According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, 37% of missing minors and 28.2% of missing adults in 2013 were black. No less than 270,000 minorities have gone missing since 2010, and 135,000 were black with 64,000 being black women.

First Frame Films will co-produce the film alongside Cooper, and principle photography will begin in August.

Cooper and her team are currently raising funds to support production costs.  For information on how to donate and support this powerful project, please click HERE.

In addition to winning the Women in Cinema International Screenplay Award, Cooper was chosen as a Fellow this year for AMC Networks inaugural Shudder Labs. Her work has won several prestigious awards, including 3rd Place winner in the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition, winner at the Woodshole Film Festival, and she was a finalist for the Creative World Award.   Cooper wrote and co-produced the pilot for the Black sci fi web series, The Next Iteration, which launches later this year, and her sci-fi short, No to Yesterday, was an Official Selection of the 2015 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival.

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