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Silent Cries: The Prelude

An underemployed construction worker begins to buckle under the pressures of fatherhood as his son's 7th birthday approaches.

  • Shauntay Cherry
  • Shauntay Cherry
  • Shauntay Cherry
  • Okema T. Moore
  • David Roberts
    Key Cast
  • Mildred Jones-Hamm
    Key Cast
  • Mikelle Wright-Matos
    Key Cast
  • Laurence Covington
    Key Cast
  • Akim Black
    Key Cast
  • Stephen Cofield Jr.
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 30 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Columbus Black International Film Festival
    Columbus, Ohio
    United States
    August 5, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Validate Yourself Film Festival
    Best Director, Best Short Film
  • Katra Film Series
    New York, NY
    Best Short Film - 3rd Place
Director Biography - Shauntay Cherry

Shauntay Cherry is an independent filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY who serves as president of Heart of David Pictures (HODP). HODP is a video production company that produces “cinematherapy”; spiritually-themed films that combine counseling with fine art to promote personal healing and growth. Cherry, who holds a BS and MS from Syracuse University in Television, Radio, & Film and Media Management, respectively, started HODP with a clear goal in mind; to “transcend the lines of a niche market and bring the human experience from a spiritual perspective to the mainstream audience”.

Cherry’s films differ from projects currently in the market due to her unapologetic approach to truth. She describes her content as being “raw, real and revelatory”. This theme is evident in her body of work which includes the short films, In the Garden (award-winning film at Kingdomwood Film Fest 2008), The Abortionist, STD, The Lady Killer, Just Another Part of Me, and her latest short film, "Silent Cries: The Prelude".

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Director Statement

As a writer, director, producer and self-proclaimed cinema-therapist, I'm very proud of the collaborative work my team and I have done to highlight the traumatic effects of paternal absenteeism on the adult male. This short film is an exploration of how trauma functions to permeate and infect interpersonal relationships. The goal is to take audiences on an introspective journey that will ultimately serve as catalyst for healing and growth; the true essence of soul cinema. It's raw, expository, entertaining and represents true diversity of voices in black cinema.

-Shauntay Cherry