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Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements


Irene Taylor Brodsky builds on her powerful first feature, Hear and Now (Audience Award winner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival), by delving into an intergenerational exploration of living with deafness. Brodsky’s son Jonas began losing his hearing as a baby and underwent cochlear-implant surgery as a toddler. Now 11 years old, Jonas has adjusted to a world with sound and is learning to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Brodsky’s parents also have cochlear implants, but unlike Jonas, the majority of their lives were shaped by silence. While Jonas explores what silence means to him, his grandfather grapples with a new transition of his own.

Buoyed by a perceptive soundscape and luminous animation, Brodsky astutely captures the complexity of silence and hearing. Rich archival footage portrays Brodsky’s parents’ reflections on the evolution of deafness while intimate home videos reveal Jonas’s hearing transformation. In this deeply personal and moving film, Brodsky explores the meaning of deafness, loss, and the power of silence as her son discovers his unique voice and her parents confront a new chapter of their lives.

Closed Captioned (CC) features available for this film.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 90 min

COMPANY Vermilion Films

WEBSITE http://www.vermilionpictures.com

EMAIL tahria@vermilionpictures.com

PHONE (203) 494-1459


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Artist Bio

Irene Taylor Brodsky

Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Academy Award–nominated, Peabody Award–winning, and Emmy-winning filmmaker. Her first memoir, Hear and Now, won the Audience Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Her feature documentary Beware the Slenderman was nominated for an Emmy and received Critics’ Choice Award nominations for best director and best documentary. The Final Inch was nominated for an Academy Award. Her other acclaimed films include Homeless: The Soundtrack, Saving Pelican 895, and One Last Hug.