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Dear Dan:

I am writing to let you know about a film which I think will be of great interest to your members/network, which is coming out shortly. The film In Pursuit of Silence is about our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. It looks and sounds beautiful and is interesting and engaging – as its selection for the prestigious Sheffield International Documentary Festival earlier this year proves. The film is a big wake up call to the public and politicians to take the subject of noise seriously. The film will be in cinemas all over the country from October 21st on wards. Full details and a sample trailer are available on this website

http://inpursuitofsilence.co.uk

If you think the film could be of interest to your members or network, please would you let them know about it? Email supporters, put entries in newsletters, posts on websites, use Facebook and Twitter and, also old fashioned word-of-mouth recommendation. For those who are not near a cinema where the film is being shown it is easier than people think to organize a screening of their own and we have an easy to understand guide on how to do it. If you feel you can help in any way, or would like more information, please do get in touch with us at

screenings@dartmouthfilms.com.

Kind Regards, Margot

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Dan

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If  today  you Only  do One thing  -

Watch this  trailer  -  " pursuit  of silence  "     then think  are they talking about me ?

If  you wish to  get in contact with  Margot

 the email address  is  screenings@dartmouthfilms.com    No  full stop after  com

 and   the email goes through.

My  Life  is the  Pursuit  of Silence    In a  very Noisy world  .. and Now we have a

Movie  people .. the World  is  catching   up..  It's  a Happy   Day
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Dan: thank you so much for telling us about the film. I can't wait to see it. We don't often seem to get movies that come out nationally so have written the contact you provided to ask them if they know. 
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I saw this film in SF. It was a great film but it was cranked up incredibly loud! My dosimeter read 97 at times. I always use musician earplugs at movies but for some reason I figured a film about silence wouldnt be too loud, I didnt have them and had to use earplugs instead. Even people around me were cringing. Lots of scenes where the sound was meant to be subtle, but they cranked it so the subtlies could be heard. Nobody playing the film could see the irony in a film about noise cranked up loud. I mentioned it to the producer and hopefully the edited it. 
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I even cringed at the trailer, when I was controlling the volume. The announcer was just too bright in her dynamics. I can't imagine how painful it would be at a typical loud movie theater. Wow, how ironic.
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But the only ones who'll see it are us quiet people.

Can't imagine it will change anything,
except perhaps for once the theatre will be quiet.

It would be nice to see us more represented.
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I  seriously  doubt that many  sufferers  of hyperacusis  would go to a  Cinema

 to watch   " in the pursuit  of  Silence " and  it is advisable  to watch the  trailer

with the  volume  on low  !    after saying that,  I  believe  that is  we could  send a

message to the  world  collectively  -  it would be   this  world is  too Noisy ..! 

Noise  Noise  Noise   in every country all over the planet-     so  the  fact that

we have a Movie  that is  addressing this  issue  is to  be applauded, supported  

and the message passed on,  while  we cannot  go,  Our  love ones family members

friends  Gp's  ENT   can go, and  have  an appreciation  of what it might  be like

to be  One of us with the  Volume in our Ears being stuck  On High ..!

Complacency  does  exist on this  board, in spades  ! and the only way to  be  more

represented is to  write to the  producers  Of  " In the pursuit  Of Silence "

 and tell them your story,  thank them, and let them know  we appreciate  very

much that what we spend most of lives  striving for  ' Silence  " is  now  being 

recognized as  a neccesity  for a healthy life.

I down loaded  the  trailer  and sent it  to all family, they  loved it   and related

to my very own personal  need  for    " the  Pursuit  of Silence."
    










"Silence is where we speak something deeper than our words..."

"Silence returns us to what is real."

These are two of many jewels of insight spoken over the course of In Pursuit of Silence, a luminous and vitally important movie.

 

On the surface, this film is a straightforward documentary, about the beauty of silence, its spiritual and physical benefits, and the price we are paying individually and collectively for our increasingly noisy world.

 

But it is more than just an educational or investigative film. Replete with imagery that shimmers with the kind of almost otherworldly wonder one might associate with a Terrence Malick movie -- a lone tree in a cornfield, rustling with the sound of the breeze and insects; the branches of a tree and clouds reflected in a shimmering pond; people in a park, flying kites against an overcast sky -- this film does more than just tell a story, it testifies to the sheer loveliness of anything -- everything -- when drenched in silence.

 

No narrator intrudes upon the film, with commentary instead provided by thought-leaders like Dr. Helen Lees (author of Silence in Schools), Pico Iyer (The Art of Stillness), Susan Cain (Quiet), Maggie Ross (Silence: A User's Guide), and George Prochnik (whose book In Pursuit of Silence was an inspiration for this film).

 

Archival footage reveals the avant-garde composer John Cage ruminating on how his almost mystical relationship with silence informed his compositions, including the legendary 4'33" -- a work that consists of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence (or, rather, of whatever ambient sound exists wherever this work is being performed) . Indeed, the movie begins with an homage to Cage -- the first four minutes and thirty-three seconds of the film are silent, a de facto performance of Cage's 4'33" set to a succession of lovely images. Cage (and 4'33") dance throughout the film, with looking at how controversial the composition was when it was first performed in the 1950s, and how respected it is today -- perhaps because we're slowly coming to realize just how valuable (and endangered) silence is?

Like the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, the energy -- and decibel level -- of In Pursuit of Silence increases in the film's opening minutes, with bucolic scenery giving way to noisier and more frenzied images of city traffic or a jet whooshing overhead. But then it abruptly slows down to focus on Greg Hindy, a pilgrim who walked from New Hampshire to Los Angeles under a self-imposed vow of silence. Hindy appears throughout the film, maintaining his vow by writing his thoughts on a notebook to hold up for the camera -- for example:

The sources of noise that I am trying to get away from are so embedded in electronics and entertainment that I really could not allow any such distractions. Time away has given me perspective on what I should allow back into my life, and to what extent. Sometimes to really see things the way that they truly are, you have to take a step back, and then another step, and then a few more.

Perhaps the most sublime footage comes from Denali National Park in Alaska, where a national park "soundscape technician"  reflects on the relationship between silence, listening, and spaciousness. Yet even in that remote wilderness setting, the noise of cars and planes intrudes upon the natural silence.

On the other side of the Pacific, a Japanese environmental researcher talks about the silence of the forest as a place where human health and wellness could be enhanced. The forest (and its silence) will not cure illness, but it can help reduce stress which can improve the body's overall capacity to maintain health. Indeed, this becomes an important theme of this film: silence is not just a kind of spiritual treat, but actually an essential condition for human wellness -- which makes the pervasive noise of our technological world all the more troubling.

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You almost cannot talk about silence without engaging with spirituality, and this film certainly has a strong spiritual sense. Less then ten minutes into the film, a Trappist monastery appears -- New Melleray Abbey in Iowa, where the cadences of the monk's chanting provide a soundtrack to Ross's voice-over observation on the relationship between silence and God. Later the movie takes us to a Zen temple in Japan, where the Roshi speaks about the relationship between silence and the body.

But this is not a religious movie in any sense -- monastic silence yields to the silence of nature and the wilderness, in a wordless recognition that silence originates from and takes us to a place beyond dogma or socially constructed meaning. Rather than promoting any kind of ideology, the film ponders insights such as Prochnik's musing on how silence is "the interruption of the imposition of our own egos upon the world."

Some of the most beautiful footage was filmed during a Japanese tea ceremony; easily the most disturbing images (and noise) consisted of contentious interviews on contemporary TV news or talk shows.

As paradoxical as it may seem, even a film about silence has a soundtrack, which if handled poorly could really seem jarring or intrusive. Thankfully, composer Alex Lu's gentle and understated music provides a graceful counterpoint to the ambient sounds throughout.

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"If nobody's talking, nobody's dominating," muses Lees at one point; the film goes on to acknowledge problems associated with noise in hospitals or a school by a train tack. "It isn't true that it's a rich man's plaything," Ross opines hopefully. But in general the movie avoids pondering the politics of silence or noise. I would have loved it if the filmmakers had more closely examined how prisoners, homeless persons, as well as those in hospitals and nursing homes often have very little access to silence, which suggests that silence, like money or glamour, has become a currency of privilege in our culture.

As I watched this film, what I was struck with again and again is how silence offers us a passage way to return to what is most truly and primally human about ourselves. In Pursuit of Silence affirms how silence helps us to give ourselves back to ourselves, in the deepest and best sense of those words. Of course, as silence reconnects us with ourselves, so does noise alienate us from ourselves -- and given how noisy our world is, that is a problem of epidemic proportions.

Silence "should be explored... not explained," asserts Hindy, and this lyrical movie does just that.

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Sounds like a great film....BUT how do people with H go to a movie theater???

I myself would need to watch at home with the volume on low, seeing sound in general is amplified. I DO NOT get PAIN from sound anymore, but increased tinnitus.

I am in agreement with brokensadears though. It will help get the message out to society and the world. Sounds like a good idea, believe I'll watch and send to my grown children!

Thank you for posting!

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Hi Dan and all. Just want to tell everyone there is a Right to Quiet Society in Canada, based in Vancouver B.C., It puts our a newsletter four times a year and has some great articles.
You can view their web site at http://www.quiet.org email info@quiet.org.
I just received the fall NOISELETTER, but it's not yet posted. Back issues are posted along with general happenings around the world.
The fall newsletter features an article from someone from the Millennial generation, re the new consumer obsession of their generation isn't white goods, trainers or designer labels, it is _ whisper it_ quiet.
I was surprised by this, I thought they all loved noise. One never knows who is with us...... Donna

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Has anyone been in touch with the Producer on this film, Dan, wonder if you can do that? Especially coming from you the fact that thy are showing this too loud would be something she could look into and fix...

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I found the email from the producer of this film so I emailed her and let her know the feedback that I am hearing from our community is that the theaters are playing the film too loud. I suggested that this could be a good educational moment to get the theaters not to do that. I hope that was ok with everyone?

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Great idea. I'm sure the ears of everyone would be relieved. The level of noise everyone takes for granted is just ridiculous!
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In pursuit of silence : listening for meaning in a world of noise / George Prochnik.

I'm in the middle of reading this book - wondering if it and the movie are connected

An excellent read for those of us who deeply appreciate quietness

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