Year of Production:2011
Total Running Time:70 min
ABOUT THE FILM
Every family has secrets, but very few ever get to the heart of what they are. Silent Music is the story of one daughter’s attempt to do just that. While everything seems perfect, appearances are deceiving in the Gomez family: Kenneth and TeresaÕs profound deafness isolates them. There is also a communication breakdown in the family that prevents everyone from having genuine relationships with each other. Kenneth is suspiciously secretive. Teresa is incredibly lonely. Virtually everyone in this family hides from the truth.
It is Melissa, the youngest of three hearing children, who investigates her family, exploring difficult subjects never before discussed. Uncomfortable confrontations leave Melissa desperate to know more. The dark secret she eventually discovers unravels everything for Melissa, causing her to question the reason she began this investigation in the first place. Ultimately, Melissa is forced to answer a difficult question herself: “”Are some secrets best left hidden?””
Originally from the island of Antigua in the West Indies, Melissa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Most recently, Melissa has worked with Academy Award nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady at Loki Films where she Co-Produced MAKERS: Women & Comedy, a documentary on trailblazing women in comedy airing on PBS in September 2014. With Loki Films, Melissa also Co-Produced Branded, an episode of ESPN’s Sports Emmy-nominated Nine for IX series.
Melissa’s perspective as a filmmaker has been greatly shaped by her experience of being a hearing child of deaf parents. Her parents’ deafness meant that she grew up in world where visuals had much more value than words. It is no surprise then, that Melissa’s Feature -length documentary directorial debut, Silent Music, is a portrait of her deaf family. Silent Music won Best Documentary awards at both the 2014 Maine Deaf Film Festival and the 2012 CaribbeanTales Film Festival, as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto Deaf Film & Arts Festival.