It was a great night for 32 SOUNDS at the Cinema Eye awards in NYC recently! JD Samson won for Best Score, Mark Mangini won for Best Sound Design, and 32 SOUNDS won the top award for Best Documentary. Deadline called our sweep, a “shocker,” which was either slightly offensive or just funny, and since we won, it was easy to take the high road and go with the latter. In any event, it was great to celebrate with the whole team: JD, Nels Bangerter, Yoni Brook, Josh Penn, Nora Wilkinson, and myself. Onwards!  

32 SOUNDS just finished a 9-week run at the Film Forum in NYC!!! We were scheduled to play the film there for one week, and it just kept getting extended. It’s an honor to have premiered the film at Film Forum, which is a beacon of artistic vision, independence, and excellence in the sea of mediocrity that is the film distribution landscape these days. The film has since opened at dozens of other theaters around the country and is currently the 6th-highest grossing documentary of the year! 

I have gone on and on here (and elsewhere) about Annea Lockwood — in fact, my own mother asked me recently if Annea had replaced her in my heart (the answer of course was ‘no way!’). But at the risk of going overboard, I did want to mention that I wrote an essay recently for Pioneer Works about Annea that I’m pretty excited about. It’s called “Learning to Listen with Annea Lockwood.” It has lots of pictures and sounds and also recounts the story of our friendship. I could not have done it without the great editing powers of Joshua Jelly-Schapiro! Read the essay here:

There was a lot of Philly kismet at last weekend’s screening of 32 SOUNDS. It was a pleasure to perform at University of the Arts on Saturday night and to be in the city that’s home to Yoni Brook (the great cinematographer who shot the film), our post team at All Ages Productions, plus our EP Jen Westphal! And on top of all of that, Annea Lockwood — the star of the film — simultaneously had a show at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. She’s taking over the city! 

I don’t take for granted the chance to be in a room with an audience these days, and I’m grateful to everyone who came… and to The Philadelphia Inquirer for the huge spread on 32 SOUNDS. That’s a lot of ink!

I’m thrilled to be heading to Columbus, OH where we’ll be performing 32 Sounds as part of a retrospective of my work at the Wexner Center for the Arts!

The retrospective starts on Wednesday, September 28 with a screening of The Rainbow Man/John 3:16. This was my first film, and I finished as a resident  at the Wexner’s Film/Video Studio (my first of several residencies at the Wex!). I’m very excited to bring the film back to Columbus and to celebrate my long relationship with the great folks at the Wexner.

We perform 32 Sounds the next night (with free popcorn before and a Q&A after!), and then later in October there are screenings of The Weather Underground and The Universal Language and other shorts.

You can read more about the program here

An odd and wonderful premiere last Thursday of 32 SOUNDS on the Sundance virtual spaceship!

One of the great things was the many people who texted me photos of themselves watching at home. Thanks to everyone who tuned in – I’m still processing!

We have more screenings coming up this week:

I said to Kat “this is the hardest movie I’ve ever made! I don’t think I can do it.” And she said,  “you say that every time – you said it with the last movie, and the one before that!” And I said “really???” And she said “yes!” And I said “but this time I really mean it!” And she said, “you said that last time too!” 

I made a new film portrait of the great composer Annea Lockwood, which I am very excited about! I know there’s an infinite amount of stuff online, but I would be thrilled if you’d take a look. If you know about Annea Lockwood, you know that she’s a lovely spirit and great muse. If you don’t know her – this is a good intro. She’s one of the smartest people about sound and listening out there. She’s made fantastic music, sound art, and performance for more than 50 years. And she’s a profoundly warm and generous person. It was a great creative challenge to try to make cinema about sound. The film is up and free all month at the Counterflows music festival website: