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Life For A Deaf Boy In 'Moonlight Sonata'




“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” focuses on the 11-year-old son of filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky.
“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” focuses on the 11-year-old son of filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky.

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On today's show:

Using Piano Keys To Unlock Sound

(Starts at 7:44) 

In 2007, documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky released her first movie memoir, “Hear and Now,” focused on her parents who are both deaf.  Now, she’s turned the camera on her 11-year-son, Jonas, who is also deaf but hears through a cochlear implant, and endeavors to learn to play "Moonlight Sonata" — a piece composed when Beethoven was coming to terms with his own deafness. John Horn talks with Brodsky about shooting “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” and framing deafness as a superpower. (The film is currently in select theaters.) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoWSMlSylWE

Climate Issues On Screens Big and Small

(Starts at 00:45) 

As part of KPCC's Climate Week coverage, John talks with Variety reporter Elaine Low about how Hollywood struggles to strike the right note of climate urgency in both feature films and documentaries.

What Does Your House Sound Like?

In the new film, "The Sound of Silence," actor Peter Sarsgaard takes up the fictional occupation of "house tuner," a sound therapist of sorts, who goes into people's homes to perfect their sonic environment. Writer and director Michael Tyburski talks about the inspiration behind the house tuner and making sound a character in his film. ("The Sound of Silence" is in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejZ75QFesgE