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'Lost and Sound'

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Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Fri., March 16, 2012

SXSW Film

Lost and Sound

24 Beats Per Second
D: Lindsey Dryden

Lindsey Dryden's documentary Lost and Sound looks briefly into the lives of three people – a dancer who's been deaf since birth, a young pianist who lost her hearing as a baby, and a middle-aged music critic who's gone totally deaf in one ear – as they struggle, each to a lesser or greater extent, to deeply interact with the music that's so important to them. There is much well-shot footage here of the subjects going about their days, of the methods and technologies leveraged toward achieving (or recapturing) the perception of sound. These personal threads of narrative, shot as naturally as home movies, are interwoven with graphically enhanced commentary from audiologists and academics – and with beautiful, polychrome clouds-in-water sequences that attempt to replicate, visually, the often fluid and billowing architecture of music. Director Dryden is hearing-impaired, note, but neither deaf nor blind to what it takes to construct a fascinating documentary film.


Friday, March 16, 7:30pm, SXSatellite: Alamo Slaughter

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