In Pursuit of Silence
Patrick Shen 2016

Saturday Jul 30, 2016

Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place
Ground level, along the water between West Street and the Hudson River
Financial District
230 Vesey Street, New York City, NY, 10281
A, C to Chambers Street; E to World Trade Center, 2, 3 to Park Place

6:00PMDoors Open
7:30PMGuided meditation from The Big Quiet, led by Paul Kuhn
8:30PMFilm Begins
10:00PMQ&A with filmmakers Patrick Shen and Brandon Vedder
This is a Free Event.

Seating is first come, first served. The audio for the film will be broadcast to headphones, and headphone distribution will begin at 6 PM. There will be a limited number of headphones available for this event, so get there early to be assured that you will get a headphone.

No alcohol is permitted.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Arts Brookfield
Lululemon Athletica
Tribeca Shortlist

This event is free. Due to the weather, this event will be taking place indoors at the same location in the beautiful Winter Garden.

In Pursuit of Silence (Patrick Shen | USA | 81 min.)

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Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4’33”, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. Humankind has had a long fascination with silence. Yet in our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. From causing aggressive behavior to hundreds of thousands of heart attacks around the world, there is no aspect of human life that noise does not infringe upon. Silence as a resource for respite and renewal from the sensory onslaught of our modern lives is now more important than ever before.

The film will be presented as a special silent screening, with the audience listening to the film on headphones.


Patrick made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with the critically-acclaimed Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality which was hailed by critics as being “one of the most ambitious films ever made” (PBS 106.7 Australia) and “moving and thought-provoking” (NBC). Beautifully photographed in eight different countries and three years in the making, Flight from Death was awarded seven “Best Documentary”awards at film festivals all over the United States. In 2009, Shen premiered his award-winning The Philosopher Kings to sold-out audiences at AFI Docs after which the film opened theatrically in Los Angeles & New York. Shen’s third documentary La Source premiered at AFI Docs in June 2012 where it received a standing ovation and a nomination for the Social Impact Award. Narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle, La Source tells the
story of Josue Lajuenesse, a janitor from Princeton University who returns to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to bring clean water to his village. La Source premiered theatrically in LA and New York in August 2012. Patrick has received a grant from the Fledgling Fund and for the past three years has been selected by the U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts to participate in the American Film Showcase, a cultural diplomacy program that brings American filmmakers to countries all over the globe to screen their films and conduct filmmaking workshops.

Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality (2005)
The Philosopher Kings (2009)
La Source (2012)
Hypaethral (2015)
In Pursuit of Silence (2015)

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