In this documentary that shadows an Emmy Award-winning sound recordist at work, writer-director Nick Sherman captures one man’s solitary obsession with obtaining “natural” sounds in an aural world that’s littered with noise.
“This is a remarkable journey: a quest for imperiled Nature by an artist who never stopped listening.”
“Pure, unedited nature… a blend of science and poetry.”
Recording sounds isn’t just Gordon Hempton’s occupation, a job he’s performed passionately for the past 30 years; to him, it’s also an art form — and his preferred method of communication. Gordon Hempton is an acclaimed nature sound recordist who has produced more than 60 albums of natural soundscapes. His work has been recognized by the American Museum of Natural History, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Rolex Awards for Enterprise, and the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund. He resides at the edge of Olympic National Park, where he is attempting to establish the world’s first sanctuary for silence, One Square Inch.
Run time: 82 minutes
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Nicholas Sherman is a recipient of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In addition to producing and directing Soundtracker, Nick also served as Director of Photography on Frederick Marx’s recently released documentary, Journey from Zanskar.