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RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2022

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Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Cypher is a Writer, Director, and Independent Creator. At a young age, what mattered most were: Writing, Music, Films and Comics.

Cypher is producing her first Horror Anthology “Days of Horror” to be released this October 2022. Two Horror Short Films are in Post-Production and include several Horror Short Stories produced as Audio Dramas, Comics, Animation, and Live Action Films in various stages of Development and Production.

Cypher’s adventurous profession began in Boston 2009, in Commercial Animation. Then as a Science Film and Animation Production Editor working on scientific publications, while as a freelance colorist for indie webcomics. Then in 2018, Toronto Canada: TV Animation, where Cypher is credited as Character Animator on TV Shows such as Nickelodeon’s “Corn and Peg”, PBS’ “Hero Elementary”, and “Brogan: Master of Castles”. Moving on to Adult Comedy Sci-Fi shows as a 2D FX Animator and Artist on Hulu’s “Solar Opposites” Season 2 and Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s “Rick and Morty” Season 5.

TV Animation led to Cypher’s late diagnosis of Autism and ADHD in December of 2020. A defining moment of Clarity. She understood how her mind interpreted and responded to information, making it work with her and her projects. In March 2021, Cypher pivoted to her core creative interests of Writing, Music, Films, and Manhwa.

In Horror story-telling, there is inclusivity to the voices, as characters confront fears and facets of humanity. Horror is often a safe place to discuss and dress rehearse for these challenges we face as people. Cypher tells stories to amplify the uniqueness of our individualities, and to create provoking conversations of what may shape our futures. All the while having fun with it.

Cypher’s first love in Animation was Dir. Nelson Shin’s “Transformers Animated Movie” (1986), and Dir. Shin’ichirô Watanabe’s “Cowboy Bebop” 1998-1999 Series. Horror Films which affected Cypher are Japan’s Release of Dir. Hideo Nakata’s “Ringu” (1998), the banned Dir. Takashi Miike’s “Imprint” (2006), Dir. Jonathan Demme’s and Writer Ted Tally’s “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), Stephen King’s “It” (1990, Tommy Lee Wallce Dir.), and the film that stole her heart, Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.

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After an extensive search and interview process, 18 individuals and one writing duo were invited to participate in the Virtual Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2022 Entertainment Lab taking place August 16 – September 22, 2022. This 6-week, 18-session Lab aims to further develop and elevate the talent pipeline of diverse professionals with disabilities working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age from people in their 20’s through their 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.

The Virtual Cohort of the 2022 Entertainment Lab is made possible with support by:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and Netflix
  • Gold Sponsors: The Harnisch Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company
  • Silver Sponsors: Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and NBCUniversal

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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