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Lundberg Family Foundation Master Film Series: ‘32 Sounds,’ An Official Film of the Sundance Film Festival

December 8, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Presenting the next Lundberg Family Foundation Master Film screening, in the Trefz Forum, on Friday evening, December 8, at 7pm (doors open at 6:30): 32 Sounds, directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green, who will be present for the screening and Q&A. The film was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

32 Sounds is an immersive feature documentary and profound sensory experience from Green, the Academy Award-nominated filmmake (The Weather Underground, A Thousand Thoughts), featuring original music by JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN).

Watch Trailer HERE.


The LIVE viewing of this sensory rich, innovative film is a wholly unique experience: Each member of the audience is given their own set of headphones for a special immersive binaural audio experience (a kind of spatial sound technology that gives the listener a much clearer sense of space). This version played at SXSW 2022 as well as other iconic movie theatres.

32 Sounds explores the elemental phenomenon of sound by weaving together 32 specific sound explorations into a cinematic meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. Join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Green as he takes the audience on a journey through time and space — exploring everything from forgotten childhood memories, to the soundtrack of resistance, to subaquatic symphonies — and experience in new ways the astonishing sounds of our everyday lives. 32 Sounds investigates the mysterious nature of perception and the subtle yet radical politics that arise from sensation and being present in one’s body.

About the Filmmakers:

Sam Green (Director | Writer | Editor) is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Green’s most recent live documentaries include A Thousand Thoughts (with the Kronos Quartet, 2018), The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (with Yo La Tengo, 2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). With all of these works, Green narrates the film in-person while musicians perform a live soundtrack. Green’s 2004 feature-length film, The Weather Underground, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award, was included in the Whitney Biennial, and has screened widely around the world.

JD Samson (Composer | Performer) is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade, Samson’s career as a visual artist, musician, producer, and DJ has landed her at the intersection of the music, art, activism, and fashion. During that time she has toured the world; produced songs for Grammy Award-winning artists; written for publications such as Huffington Post, Talkhouse, and Creative Time Review; created multi-media artwork; hosted documentary programs; acted; modeled; and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of progressive social and political causes. Samson is now an assistant arts professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Josh Penn (Producer) is a producer with the Department of Motion Pictures. He has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Outstanding Producer at the Producer’s Guild Awards, and won a Peabody Award. He has premiered a dozen films at Sundance since 2012, garnering five awards from the festival. He has produced Beasts of the Southern Wild (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Cannes Caméra d’Or, and four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture), Monsters and Men (Sundance Special Jury Prize), the series Philly D.A. (Gotham and Peabody Award Winner), 32 Sounds, A Thousand Thoughts, Wendy, Users (Sundance 2021 Best Directors Award), and Farewell Armor, among others. He was an executive producer on Patti Cakes, Western (Sundance Special Jury Prize), and Blood Nose Empty Pockets, and a co-producer on The Great Invisible (SXSW Grand Jury Prize). Penn has served as a mentor for places ranging from The Sundance Institute to Film Independent to NYU to AFI. In 2018, he became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Outside of his work in film, Penn has worked in politics including lead roles on the digital teams for both of the Obama Presidential campaigns.

ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann (Producer) specializes in new work development and touring worldwide. His past work includes projects with Kaneza Schaal, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Victoria Thiérrée-Chaplin, Yael Farber, Anna Deavere Smith, Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar, Lisa Peterson, Peter Sellars, Julie Taymor, John Cameron Mitchell and Tony Taccone. Recent premieres include 600 Highwaymen's A Thousand Ways, Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes Of One On Another), John Cameron Mitchell’s The Origin Of Love, Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers’ Cartography, Sam Green & Kronos Quartet’s A Thousand Thoughts, Big Dance Theater / Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Man In A Case, and Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s Not By Bread Alone. Ongoing collaborations include 600 Highwaymen Big Dance Theater, Rude Mechs, Adrien M. & Clare B., Noche Flamenca, Toshi Reagon, and Compagnia T.P.O. Upcoming premieres include Scott Shepherd’s This Ignorant Present w/Malthouse, 32 Sounds, Karen O & Lila Neugebauer’s Forget About You, and Nora Chipaumire’s Nehanda. He is a founding member of CIPA (The Creative & Independent Producer Alliance).

Nels Bangerter (Editor) is the award-winning documentary film editor of Cameraperson, Let the Fire Burn, Dick Johnson is Dead, and The Hottest August. He has been nominated for two news & documentary Emmys, he is a two-time winner at the Cinema Eye Honors for Best Editing, and he has won four International Documentary Association awards. Bangerter has also been an advisor at the Sundance Edit Labs, as well as for Firelight Media, SFFILM, BAVC, and Film Independent.

Yoni Brook (Cinematographer) is a filmmaker and cinematographer. As a director, his films have screened at Sundance, Berlinale, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, True/False, and IDFA. His credits include the eight-part docuseries Philly D.A. (PBS/Topic, Gotham Award Winner, Best Breakthrough Nonfiction Series), Menashe (Independent Spirit Nominee, A24, dir. Joshua Z Weinstein) and Valley Of Saints (Independent Spirit Nominee, Sundance World Dramatic Audience Award Winner, dir. Musa Syeed). His directorial debut, A Son’s Sacrifice, won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, IDA’s Best Documentary Short, and broadcast on PBS Independent Lens.

Mark Mangini (Sound Design) is an Oscar-winning (Dune & Mad Max Fury Road) and five-time Oscar-nominated sound designer known for films including Dune, Blade Runner 2049, Star Treks I,IV,&V, The Fifth Element, and Gremlins. He has spent his 45-year career in Hollywood imagining and composing altered sonic realities for motion pictures. He is a frequent lecturer, an outspoken proponent for sound as art and a guitarist/songwriter with compositions in sex, lies and videotape, Star Trek IV, Picard, and others. He is a member of SAG, SMPTE, and ASCAP.

About Abramorama (film distributor): 

Abramorama is the preeminent global media distribution and marketing company for nonfiction and music films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution, marketing, promotion, and live and event cinema, Abramorama has been the trusted film partner to many of the most respected global brands in entertainment, including The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Laurie Anderson, Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, National Geographic, Discovery, AARP, MSNBC, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Hulu, Universal Music Group, Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Sony, Concord Music Group, and many others.

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December 8, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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