IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of silence and the impact of noise on our lives. The film takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe—from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of Mumbai, the loudest city on the planet—and inspires us to both experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world.
* Q&As Schedule*
Friday, June 23 at the 7:15PM Screening with Patrick Shen (Director), George Prochnick (Subject and Author of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise) & Kay Larson (Subject and Author of Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life Artists)
Saturday, June 24 at the 7:15PM Screening with Patrick Shen and Kay Larson
Monday, June 26 at the 7:15 Screening with Cheryl Brause, co-founder of 2bpresent, will lead meditation before the screening and answer questions after about seeking silence in daily life.
Wednesday, June 28 at the 7:15 Screening with Rebecca Bratspies, a subject in the film and director of the Center for Urban Environmental Reform and Professor at CUNY School of Law will answer questions about noise pollution especially as it relates to noise in and around schools.
“★★★★ — Fascinating” -The Times (London)
“★★★★★ — Replete with imagery that shimmers with the kind of almost otherworldly wonder one might associate with a Terrence Malick movie… This film does more than just tell a story, it testifies to the sheer loveliness of anything—everything—when drenched in silence.”
-Carl McColman | The Huffington Post
“★★★★★ — Simply watching it is a self-fulfilling prophesy, its gentle soundtrack creating one of the most blissful viewing experiences of the year.” -City A.M. (London)
“…A gorgeously rendered meditation on the role silence plays in our mental health.” -Greg Hamilton | MovieMaker Magazine
“I am undone by this film… it lands in the mind, at least to this reviewer, with an impact reminiscent of seeing 1982’s Koyaanisqatsi for the first time… Shen’s In Pursuit of Silence incessantly inspires and sometimes takes the breath away and can even accomplish both at once.”
-Wayne Alan Brenner | Austin Chronicle
Official Selection, SXSW 2016
Official Selection, Full Frame 2016
Official Selection, Sheffield Doc Fest 2016
Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection, DC Environmental Film Festival 2016
Cinema Eye Honors Nominee, Original Score