The Sound We See
A Global Slow Film Movement
Initially developed as part of Echo Park Film Center’s free youth filmmaking program in Los Angeles, The Sound We See uses analog filmmaking techniques and the “City Symphony” genre practiced in the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov as starting points to explore communal creative process and contemporary environments.
Discovering and redefining techniques of past avant-garde urban documentarians, 37 teens with little or no prior filmmaking experience worked with 16mm cameras and black and white stock to create a stunning 24-hour cinematic journey with each hour of the day represented as one minute on film. The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony premiered with a bespoke live score performed by a talented ensemble of local musicians.
The project sparked a global “Slow Film” movement with youth and multi-generational communities in Vietnam, India, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Japan creating their own 16mm and Super 8 City Symphonies, not only shooting but processing (using both traditional and eco-friendly chemistry) and editing the film by hand, and presenting public exhibitions of the finished work in non-traditional venues. Each community pushes the process to new directions and discoveries; The Sound We See is an ongoing cinematic conversation on the relevance of handmade film in the 21st century.
See the films here.
Sound We See Projects:
The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony
An Echo Park Film Center Youth Filmmaking Project
The Sound We See: A Rotterdam City Symphony
In partnership with Deelgemeente Rotterdam Centrum, Filmwerkplaats, Gemeentearchief Rotterdam, Hogeschool Rotterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Piet Zwart Institute, Research Center Creating 010, SONOR, Willem de Kooning Academy and WORM.
The Sound We See: A Guwahati City Symphony
(December 2013/January 2014)
In partnership with Desire Machine Collective.
The Sound We See: An Echo Park City Symphony
An Echo Park Film Center Community Filmmaking Project commissioned by Los Angeles City Council District 13.
The Sound We See: A Berlin City Symphony
In partnership with LaborBerlin.
The Sound We See: A Tokyo City Symphony
In partnership with Blum and Poe Tokyo.
The Sound We See: A Mexico City City Symphony
In partnership with LEC (Laboratory Experimental de Cine).
The Sound We See: A Pamplona City Symphony
In partnership with Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, Gobierno de Navarra, Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, NICDO, Punto De Vista International Documentary Film Festival.
The Sound We See: A Montevideo City Symphony
In partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Foundatión de Arte Contemperáneo, Laboratorio de Cine FAC and MVD Cine Experimental.
The Sound We See: A Saint Petersburg City Symphony
In partnership with CEC Artslink and the CEC Artslink Back Apartment Residency, the Saint Petersburg School of New Cinema and Eve’s Ribs.
The Sound We See: A New Haven City Symphony
In partnership with Artspace, Connecticut: Still Revolutionary, Vital New Voices, Jana Foundation, Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, Friends of Artspace.
The Sound We See: Covid Quarantine (Parts 1 and 2)
(April 2020 / December 2o20)
Created by EPFC Co-op Members in Brooklyn, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Oaxaca, San Diego and Vancouver.
The Sound We See: A South Vancouver Neighbourhood Symphony
(2020 / 2021)
In partnership with City of Vancouver Neighbourhood Matching Fund, Vancouver Park Board Fieldhouse Activation Program and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.