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AFS Doc Tour: ‘Hear and Now’

AFS Doc Tour: 'Hear and Now'

This month’s edition of the Austin Film Society Documentary Tour will feature Irene Taylor Brodsky’s Sundance hit, Hear and Now. The touching and enlightening document of one woman’s deaf parents’ decision to undergo cochlear implant surgery, this is a doc you don’t wanna miss when it screens at the Alamo South Lamar on July 11. Anne S. Lewis chats with Brodsky about her very personal documentary, in this week’s Austin Chronicle. From the article:

Austin Chronicle: What part of making this film was the most difficult for you?

Irene Taylor Brodsky: The biggest challenge was my own conscience. I never knew how much to keep going – whether in the moment, in other words, how much to push the camera into a particular scene, or filming throughout the year. It’s hard enough for a filmmaker to trust her instincts, in today’s commercially driven film world, especially; when making a film about one’s own family, it’s hard to tell if what you’re hearing in your head is instinct – or neurosis. The narrative tone of the film – speaking as their daughter, with an intimate and honest eye – was the hardest part to get right. Writing the film was, at times, excruciating. I started out with a lot more narration than I ended up with. After two years of rewriting and paring down my reflections, I came to understand that less – words – is more.

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