2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

In Pursuit of Silence

Thursday, March 17
11:00AM - 12:21PM

Alamo Ritz 1
320 E 6th St


Hashtags: #sxsw #pursuitofsilence

In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4’33”, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.

Section: Visions
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2015
Runtime: 81min

Director: Patrick Shen

Executive Producer: Larry Finegold

Producer: Patrick Shen, Andrew Brumme, Brandon Vedder

Cinematographer: Patrick Shen, Brandon Vedder

Editor: Patrick Shen

Sound Designer: Steve Bissinger, Zach Martin

Music: Alex Lu

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Cassidy Hall, Editing Consultant: Nathaniel Dorsky

Principal Cast: Helen Lees, Susan Cain, Pico Iyer, Julian Treasure, George Prochnik, Kay Larson, Maggie Ross, Davyd Betchkal, Arline Bronzaft


Patrick’s work, which includes the award-winning films FLIGHT FROM DEATH, THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS, and LA SOURCE, has screened at over 100 film festivals across the globe, been broadcast in over 25 territories, received 18 awards and 6 nominations, and been featured on CNN, INDIEWIRE, LA TIMES, and the WASHINGTON TIMES.

Public Film Contact
Patrick Shen
Transcendental Media
(310) 734-6023

Publicity Contact
Andrew Brumme



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