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EmmoLei Sankofa

Project: The Threesome

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    Reel Change Fund for Diversity in Film Score

    Creator: EmmoLei Sankofa Project: The Threesome Soundtrack

EmmoLei Sankofa

Project: The Threesome

EmmoLei Sankofa is an American composer, producer, musician, and artist from Atlanta, GA. Her work embodies a mixture of genres but often integrates soul, jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. She is known for employing Morse Code to develop motifs that add a percussive edge to her work. EmmoLei’s original music can be heard on Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrls series on Amazon, AMC/Shudder’s horror anthology film Horror Noire, Starz’s forthcoming season of Step Up: High Water, and so much more.

Sankofa received Reel Change funding to work on The Threesome — a comedy about sexually awkward Stacey Johnson who decides to take control of her life, cancel her ex, and conquer her fears by having a threesome with her new beau and a mysterious woman she’s never met. Directed by Jamal Dedeaux, The Threesome stars Andrea Lewis, known for her work in Degrassi: The Next Generation, Black Actress, and Cadet Kelly; Brittany S. Hall who was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for the film, Test Pattern and is known for her work in Ballers(TV series) and Nappily Ever After; and, Jerrell O’Neal who is an emerging talent among the top cast in the upcoming thriller, Phels High. Actress, model, and producer Toccara Jones also makes a cameo.

The Reel Change Grant gave me the ability to hire and collaborate with musicians, a score mixer, and a music editor which increased the production value of the music and helped me implement better systems that provided space for creative flow. Matthew Thompson (½ of the popular duo, April + VISTA) and Nate Laguzza were my musicians. Alvin Wee, who mixed the award-winning score, Encanto, came on board as my score mixer. Simon Poole, who was the music editor for the award-winning film, Learn to Swim, came on board as my music editor. Additionally, I was able to purchase many of the aux percussion instruments that were used throughout and financially support more of my contributions as the composer,” says Sankofa. 

The score for The Threesome is fun and percussive with hints of quirky vocal expressions and dreamy textures. The Morse Code spellings and rhythmic expressions of three, 3, 3some were the foundation upon which most of the motifs were built. 

“The source of inspiration for my music always starts with my curiosity about a topic, theme, sound, concept, etc. The Birdman score has always been intriguing to me because it’s an entire score played on the drumset. For years I’ve thought about what it would be like to create a score that was largely drums and percussion and The Threesome was the project that gave me the space to explore that.”

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