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A meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise on our lives.
A meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise on our lives.
A meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise on our lives.
387 backers pledged $41,906 to help bring this project to life.

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“Soon silence will have passed into legend...” -Jean Arp 

ABOUT THE FILM 

In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative film about silence, our relationship with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives. In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. From the Desert Fathers of the third century AD who became the model for Christian monasticism to John Cage’s seminal work 4’33” which would go onto inspire a generation of artists, humankind has had a long fascination with silence. In Pursuit of Silence will be the first comprehensive look at this topic whose many dimensions lie at the heart of so much of human progress. Offering audiences a contemplative cinematic experience, the sights and sounds of this film will work its way through frantic minds, into the quiet spaces of hearts, and help shape a new vision of being.

The film intends to explore the following:

  • Silence as perceived by different cultures
  • The dimensions of silence and how we perceive it
  • The benefits of silence from a psychological, neurological, spiritual perspective
  • The basic science of sound, how we perceive it, how it influences us
  • Noise pollution and its negative effects on health, cognitive development, autism, our general perception of the world around us
  • Solutions to noise pollution (i.e. city planning, product design, architecture)
  • Hearing loss and other diseases related to hearing and sound

THE TRAILER

See below for another glimpse of the film.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

As a filmmaker I'm really interested in examining the ways we interact with each other, with the world, and the way we craft meaningful lives in the midst of so much uncertainty. The search for meaning is already a noisy affair and the constant attention that the cacophony of modern life demands from us just makes it all the more disorienting. Of the many things that silence can be and do for us, the most powerful might be its ability to reset our minds and hearts, a blank canvas upon which to paint the story of our lives. In a world that consumes so much of us, silence is needed more than ever to free us.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

PATRICK SHEN - Director / Producer / Cinematographer
PATRICK SHEN - Director / Producer / Cinematographer

Patrick is the founder of Transcendental Media, a Pasadena-based production company whose goal is to make films to "agitate the sleep of mankind". He made his directorial debut in 2005 with the award-winning Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality which was hailed by critics as being "one of the most ambitious films ever made" (PBS 106.7 Australia) and "moving and thought-provoking" (NBC). In 2009 he released The Philosopher Kings, a film about the wisdom found among janitors at major universities in the U.S., which premiered to sold-out audiences at the AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival and went on to open theatrically in L.A. and N.Y. and premiere on The Documentary Channel. His third documentary La Source, narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle, tells the story of a small rural village and their fight for clean water in post-earthquake Haiti. La Source opened theatrically to sold-out audiences in LA and New York in August 2012 as a part of the International Documentary Association's Oscar-qualifying showcase, Docuweeks. 

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WHERE DID THE FIRST KICKSTARTER MONEY GO?

Behind the scenes at Denali National Park
Behind the scenes at Denali National Park

Launched by the funding from our first Kickstarter Campaign in early 2013 (thank you!), we have completed successful shoots in the U.S. (Colorado, Iowa, New York, Alaska, Minnesota and California) as well as in China, Japan, India and the UK. Here's a peek of what we captured in Alaska:

...AND HOW WILL THIS MONEY BE SPENT?

The funds we raise here will cover our final production trips and get us deep into the editing phase of the project. The more we raise here the more post-production expenses we’ll be able to cover - things like music, color correction, and sound design. 

ALL the money raised here, after deducting approximately 10% that goes to Kickstarter and the credit card companies, will go towards your Kickstarter rewards and costs associated directly with finishing this film. 

Any funds raised beyond the post-production costs will go towards marketing and distributing the film around the world. Help us make an even bigger impact globally with the message of this film.

THE REWARDS

We’ve put a lot of thought into the perks, all of which we believe will help to bring more silence into your life and help us bring more silence into the world. Here's a peek:

Moleskine Silence Journals
Moleskine Silence Journals
"IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE" sticker // 1 of 3 included in the Silence Kit
"IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE" sticker // 1 of 3 included in the Silence Kit
Silence is Spoken Here sticker (2 of 3)
Silence is Spoken Here sticker (2 of 3)
#pursuitofsilence sticker (3 of 3)
#pursuitofsilence sticker (3 of 3)
Limited edition 8"x8" poster (frame not included)
Limited edition 8"x8" poster (frame not included)
Limited edition 11x17 poster (mock-up only / frame not included)
Limited edition 11x17 poster (mock-up only / frame not included)

SILENCE IS A SOUND digital album: Silence is much more than the absence of sound. It can have many textures and qualities that all combine to form a sonic environment that is both pleasing to the ear and the mind. From the -13 decibels of silence at the anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis, MN to the nightly chorus of frogs that lull the monks at the Tekishinjuku Zen Monastery in Kyoto, Japan into zazen, an intense form of meditation; we've traveled the globe capturing varying types of "silence" in cities all across the globe with some of the best sound equipment available. Silence is a Sound is not your ordinary collection of soundscape recordings. This digital 10-track compliation is an audio diary of some of our favorite “silences” from around the world, each with its own story.

HOW CAN I HELP? 

support.pursuitofsilence.com 

THE TEAM

ANDREW BRUMME - Producer
ANDREW BRUMME - Producer

Specializing in the concept, production and marketing of films, Andrew has worked as a multimedia communications consultant for over a decade. Andrew’s passion for IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE grew out of his interest in rediscovering the practice of Sabbath as a part of his Christian faith. As a father, he has also become increasingly aware of the constant noise his kids will experience as they grow up. He hopes the film will encourage a global movement towards a better sounding world where everyone can access silence.

BRANDON VEDDER - Producer / Co-cinematographer
BRANDON VEDDER - Producer / Co-cinematographer

Brandon sharpened his teeth as a filmmaker while on the road shooting concert documentaries for bands like; Pearl Jam, Sleater Kinney, Wu Tang Clan, Dispatch, Jet and Lauryn Hill. As a non-fiction filmmaker, Brandon has documented stories around the globe ranging from life on the road with a three-ring circus to outbreaks of xenophobic violence in South Africa. He was on the producing team behind Transcendental Media’s La Source and also contributed as co-cinematographer and co-editor. While editing La Source a series of impactful sessions with famed experimental and silent filmmaker, Nathaniel Dorsky, had a profound effect on Brandon's understanding of his art form. This new artistic motivation fell into sync with his spiritual practice of intentional quiet clearing the path for his passionate and exploratory involvement in the project.

CASSIDY HALL – Associate Producer
CASSIDY HALL – Associate Producer

Cassidy is the creator of 17 Spaces, an online resource dedicated to appreciation of the O.C.S.O (Trappist) monasteries of the United States. Her writings can be found on her Huffington Post blog and her personal website. In addition to her writing and photography, Cassidy has worked as a tour manager, co-writer on songs, and recorded background vocals for her musician-sister Leslie Hall. Cassidy’s enthusiasm for this film is deeply rooted in her reverence of silence as used in mental health wellness, spirituality, and how her experiences of silence at numerous monasteries has influenced her life.

STEVE BISSINGER – Sound Designer

Steve is an Emmy Award-winning sound designer and mixer for feature films, television, and commercials at George Lucas's world renown Skywalker Sound and other post-production facilities. He has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and six Golden Reel Awards, winning the Golden Reel for Best Sound Design in 1999. Recent credits include Netflix’s House of Cards, Despicable Me, Transformers, Cloverfield, and 3:10 To Yuma.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

The fine folks at the following organizations have also helped us get this far and we're truly grateful to them:

Risks and challenges

The funds from this campaign (if successful) will ensure that we can finish this film in time for a mid-2015 release. Without these funds, the team will be forced to spend the coming months on fundraising (and surviving, chasing work) which will push back the release to late 2015 or 2016. Barring any unforeseeable disasters, this film will get made however. We're an experienced team and know what it takes to follow through and finish. That said, there are many risks associated with documentary filmmaking and things may (or may not) take longer than expected. Documentary filmmaking is a very unpredictable and fluid process during which the scope and story continually evolves throughout the process.

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