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 watch.dawnchorusfilm.com and enter the password encounteringsilence. This offer is only available through January 17, 2020, so take advantage of it now!
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 Immortality, The 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.
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:
- Patrick Shen, dir., Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality
- Patrick Shen, dir., The Philosopher Kings
- Patrick Shen, dir., La Source
- Patrick Shen, dir., In Pursuit of Silence
- Gordon Hempton, One Square Inch of Silence
- Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom and Silence
- The Desert Mothers and Fathers, Early Christian Wisdom Sayings
- Eric Whitacre, Light and Gold
- Sigmund Freud, The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud
- Carl Jung, The Portable Jung
Hosted by: Cassidy Hall
With: Carl McColman and Kevin Johnson
Date Recorded: January 5, 2021