Patrick Shen: Silence and the Dawn Chorus

Patrick Shen, filmmaker, lover of silence, and good friend of this podcast, returns to share with us the news of his latest project: The Dawn Chorus.

On May 3, 2020, thirty-five filmmakers in thirteen countries banded together to capture the first light and sounds of the day from their unique perspectives in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown. The Dawn Chorus is the result of this global collaboration.

Watch the film’s trailer above. And then we invite you to take advantage of this limited-time, special offer for listeners of Encountering Silence: watch The Dawn Chorus for free. Just visit and enter the password encounteringsilence. This offer is only available through January 17, 2020, so take advantage of it now!

Patrick Shen (lower left) speaks with Encountering Silence (clockwise from upper left: Carl McColman, Cassidy Hall and Kevin Johnson).

Patrick is the director of several acclaimed films, most notably  In Pursuit of Silence (Cassidy Hall was the co-producer). His other titles include  Flight from Death: The Quest for ImmortalityThe Philosopher Kings, and La Source. Patrick’s films have been screened at over a hundred and twenty film festivals across the globe and broadcast in over twenty-five territories. He was the recipient of the 2009 Emerging Cinematic Vision Award from Camden International Film Festival.

Patrick and Cassidy are the co-authors of a companion book to In Pursuit of Silence,  Notes from Silence which is available on the Kindle.

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A lot of us when we step into silence, at least initially, find our narratives or identity stripped away, and it’s a lot like a little death of sorts, and it’s terrifying. — Patrick Shen

Some of the resources and authors we mention in this episode:

Episode 125: Silence and the Dawn Chorus: A Conversation with Patrick Shen
Hosted by: 
Cassidy Hall
Carl McColman and Kevin Johnson
Guest: Patrick Shen
Date Recorded: 
January 5, 2021
Featured photo by Patrick Shen
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Carl McColman
Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

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