Student Academy Award winners introduce Triggers: A dancer's internal battle with schizophrenia- threatens to destroy her relationships and career.

Triggers was filmed in four days in the midst of COVID-19 with the help of many creative individuals. The cast and crew of Triggers hope to add to the ongoing conversation of mental health within the black community.

  • Menu'Ette Silver
    The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins
  • Wade "Benji" Benjamin
  • Brely Evans
    Key Cast
    Being Mary Jane, Family Business, Sparkle, Just Wright
  • Menu'Ette Silver
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    22,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Black magic
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Micheaux film Festival
    United States
    April 30, 2021
    Chinese Mann Theatre
Distribution Information
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Menu'Ette Silver

Menu’Ette Silver is a passionate writer/director from Baltimore, MD. Her love for storytelling and her voice for advocacy developed at a young age. After graduating from Frostburg State University with a B.S. in Mass Communication, she decided to obtain her Masters in Film & Television Production from the University of Southern California. While attending USC, she produced and wrote The Dope Years: The Untold Story of Latasha Harlins, which went on to win the Student Academy Award, the DGA West Region Award, Cannes Film Festival, Bronze Lens Film Festival, and is now on Magic Johnson’s Aspire TV. Her latest film Triggers, which she directed actress Brely Evans, was nominated in the prestigious Micheaux Film Festival. Early in her career she collaborated with casting director Robi Reed, and worked in Viola Davis and Tracy Oliver’s development and production department.

Silver has worked on the production teams for the Oscars, BET, NAACP Image Awards, and BMAC Awards where she has harnessed her producing and directing skills. She has recently completed showrunner Ben Corey Jones writing program where she has further developed her voice as a storyteller. Silver is currently on the board for kweliTV’s comedy channel curated by Lil Rel Howery, where she directs and produces branding materials and content for the company.

Silver believes in the power of film and the ability for one to obtain education and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. In her spare time, Silver is a volunteer mentor for EmpowerHer Institute, a non-profit organization that creates a safe space for girls to develop their voice. She is passionate about education, children, and mental health. This has led her to write, direct, and produce various short films in and outside of USC. Silver has a broad interest in the genres of drama, thriller, horror, and comedy which she enjoys tackling to blend into the narratives she tells regarding the black experience.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to motivational talks, reading the Bible, traveling, and hiking with her husky-lab mix dog, Kodak. Silver has a love for people and a heart for her generation. She hopes to encourage and uplift all whom she meets.

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Director Statement

I grew up in a household where I was able to witness a loved one struggle with mental illness. I actually have quite a few family members and friends who deal with it. But even with their disorder, they still get up each and every day and go to work or go about their business. To me, that’s strength. To be able to push through and show up without knowing the outcome. And that’s why my co-writer Kaelan and I created Cahira. She represents all of those with a mental illness who struggle, but still push through and fight.