The Cypher

  • Queer Shorts
  • 15min
  • Narrative Short
  • 2020

A young black rapper must confront his identity when he performs on the big stage in a freestyle competition in Philadelphia. Through vivid imagery and dynamic camera movements, we navigate the intense pressure of American battle rap and unforgiving representations of masculinity within the hip hop community.

Letia Solomon is a graduate of the University of Southern California's MFA Film Programme. Her thesis film, The Cypher, received the Outstanding Director Award from the 2020 First Look Faculty Awards and was nominated for Best Student Film in the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Letia directs and produces for both film and television.

Representative

Sandrine Cassidy, University of Southern California

cassidy@cinema.usc.edu

Director

Letia Solomon

Executive Producer

Ben Cory Jones

Producer

Anne Brashier

Producer

Craig Patterson

Writer

Wes Akwuobi

Director of Photography

Basil Schneeberger

Editor

Derek Bosko

Sound Designer

James Grisom

Sound Designer

Christopher Hernández

Music

Matt Head

Production Designer

Katherine Munis

Production Designer

Anthony Gaitros

Language

English

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