Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

In Pursuit of Silence

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 81 minutes

In Pursuit of Silence
In Pursuit of Silence
In Pursuit of Silence

When avant-garde composer, John Cage, entered a sealed vacuum chamber in Boston, he waited a moment before noticing two sounds: one high and one low. He left the chamber to tell the technician of the malfunction and the technician said, “The higher sound is your nervous system, the lower sound is blood circulating through your veins.” It was then Cage realized that every living entity is connected through sound. Patrick Shen’s IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE utilizes archival footage of Cage to achieve a waking-dream meditation on what silence means, both when we choose to be silent and when we choose to immerse ourselves in silence. Shen compiles interviews with monastic scholars, a sound technician at Denali National Park, and a hitchhiker who has taken a vow of silence. This documentary will enlighten your understanding of the psychological opposition between sound and silence and provide a roadmap for more therapeutic hearing. –C.P.

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Patrick Shen

Patrick Shen, born in 1975, is an American filmmaker and documentarian. His films have screened internationally to numerous awards. He founded and serves as CEO of his own production company, Transcendental Media.

"Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality" (2003), "The Philosopher Kings" (2009), "La Source" (2012), IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE (2015)

Andrew Brumme, Brandon Vedder, Patrick Shen

Patrick Shen, Brandon Vedder

Patrick Shen

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