“How much does love have to hurt before it is not love?” is the question that plagues Antonio as the past demons of domestic violence resurface at the hands of his partner, Kirk. Antonio hides his physical and emotional pain from his all-knowing mother, Cynthia, who suffered such a tremendous amount of abuse at the hands of Antonio’s father that Antonio became a nurse to heal pain that he could not heal as a child. Antonio is jolted out of his denial by one of his patients, Michelle , who is also, a frequent victim of domestic violence. While Michelle does not consider herself a victim, but as simply part of a couple that “loves hard and fight hard”, a critical incident involving Michelle at the clinic forces Antonio to confront his own situation and reevaluate the “magic and tragic” of his life with Kirk before it is too late.

  • Cedric Thomas Smith
    "The Symphony of Silence"
  • Cedric Thomas Smith
  • Cedric Thomas Smith
  • Mike Ahlers
  • Patsy V. Whitfield
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2015
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  • San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio
    United States
    July 31, 2015
    World Premiere
    Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
  • South Texas Underground Film Festival
    Corpus Christi
    United States
    December 5, 2015
  • Bare Bones International Film Festival
    United States
    April 22, 2016
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Best Domestic Violence Awareness Feature, Best Actress in a Narrative Feature (Maxine Greco)
  • Ft. Worth Indie Film Showcase
    Fort Worth
    United States
    July 16, 2016
    Best Domestic Feature Drama, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Award
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival
    United States
    September 24, 2016
    Best Texas Drama Feature, Best LGBTQ Feature, Best Texas Actress (Maxine Greco), Director's Choice for Actress (Alyssia Rivera), and Tostevin Award for Filmmaker of The Year
  • Thessaloniki LGBT Film Festival
    October 1, 2016
    European Premiere
    Honorable Mention : Best Feature
  • Hudson Valley International Film Festival
    United States
    August 28, 2016
  • San Antonio Q Fest
    San Antonio
    United States
    October 15, 2016
    Best Actress - Alyssia Rivera, Best Texas Filmmaker
  • EyeCatcher International Film Festival
    McAlester, OK
    United States
    November 11, 2016
    Best LGBT Film
  • Glitter! LGBTQ Film Festival
    McAlester, OK
    United States
    July 29, 2017
    Best Director in a Feature
Director - Cedric Thomas Smith
Director Statement

I tell stories that speak the truths of others. Whether it is the truth of a kid being bullied by his brother or the truth of generational domestic violence, I want to tell stories that captivate audiences. I am an honest writer that envisions harsh realities and brings them to the screen in hopes of creating dialogue within ourselves and communities. I do this with a blinding faith because I truly believe in the power of cinema. Whether it is used to escape from the problems of the world or to bring awareness to the problems of the world, I believe that cinema is the perfect medium. The love for cinema is universal which makes me proud and honored to be a film maker. The blood, sweat, and tears of being a filmmaker make the struggle from conception to reception a rewarding experience that is not paralleled.