Black director uses YouTube to gain fans

Social media yields great results for “The Bedroom”

Miami Times staff report | 11/7/2013, 9 a.m.

Black film director/writer Sonya Dunn may be on to a new way to promote movies — using social media. In a unique effort to distribute her film, “The Bedroom,” she posted the short film online to the public last week via YouTube (JEMH Entertainment), Facebook and Vimeo. The film also has subtitles in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Spanish and Turkish.

The Bedroom is a short avant grade film about a love story from the male perspective and explores the male psyche of William Hughes after the loss of his relationship with his wife Zorah. Their shared dreams of life together forever and the bittersweet realities of marriage intersect in The Bedroom. The provocative love story stars Altorro Prince Black and Nyesha Whitten Wilson in the lead roles.

The film screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and had over 11,000 fans on Facebook waiting for the release of this short film. Over 80 percent of the fan base is international and the fan page is currently averaging over 1,000 likes per week. A novella based on the film will soon be available for purchase on Amazon and other online bookstores.

Dunn says, “The film examinesthe struggles one goes through to remain intimate and connected within a relationship. A profound universal message all can relate to about loving another person.”

Dunn put writing on hold for autistic sons

Sonya Dunn was an actress, model and stuntwoman who later turned to script supervision in Los Angeles.

But she put her film career on hold to take care of her four children — to of whom were diagnosed with autism. Now some 10 years later, she’s back with a a passion.

“The Bedroom” was greeted with rave reviews as the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival 2013 and several other major screening events.

With an M.A. in Producing from American University, she is the owner of JEMH Entertainment, a production company.