The Sounding

May 1, 2020

SYNOPSIS

Raised on a remote island by her grandfather Lionel, Liv has never spoken. When Lionel (Harris Yulin) discovers he's dying, he calls the son of his best friend and a former protégé, Michael (Teddy Sears), to the island and asks him to protect Liv's independence alongside Lionel’s attorney (Frankie Faison). That night, as Lionel is reading to Liv, his voice fails him. Liv picks up the book of Shakespeare and begins: first reading, then weaving a language from Shakespeare's words. She is committed to a psychiatric hospital and becomes a full-blown rebel in the hospital; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life. At a tipping point for otherness in our current climate, THE SOUNDING champions it.

THE SOUNDING was acquired by HBO for international broadcast release. The film will be available in 25 countries in Fall 2020.

CRITICS

"Eaton is an UNDENIABLE TALENT TO WATCH." - RogerEbert.com

“When the film burns, it burns brightly, and when it just meanders to let us feel life, it’s beautiful.” – Derek McCaw, Fanboy Planet

"See why people keep talking about THE SOUNDING for days and say it gave them goosebumps. This response hasn't happened in years. - Mia Schnaible, Director of Development, AZIFF

"Director, co-writer and star Eaton superbly crafts an unforgettable tale about humanity, about embracing those who are marginalized, and about how we should always strive to be something more... something extraordinary." - Michael Rabehl, Director of Programming, Cinequest Film Festival

AWARDS

Winner - Festival Grand Prize - Santa Fe Film Festival

Winner - Festival Grand Prize - Arizona Int'l FF

Winner - Featival Grand Prize - YES Fest

Winner - Best Cinematography - Woodstock FF

Winner - Best Narrative Feature Film - Jury Award - Stony Brook FF

Winner - Best Narrative Feature Film - Jury Award - Minneapolis St Paul IFF

Winner - Best Narrative Feature Film - Jury Award - Palm Beach IFF

Winner - Best Narrative Feature Film - Audience Choice - Brooklyn FF

Winner - Best Film of the Festival - Audience Choice - Naples FF

Winner - Best Film of the Festival - Audience Choice - Maine IFF

Winner - Best Acting Award (Catherine Eaton as Liv) - Manchester IFF

Winner - Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award (Catherine Eaton as Liv) - Oxford Film Festival

Winner - Best New Voice/Style Award - Brooklyn FF

Winner - New American Visions Audience Award - Minneapolis St Paul IFF

Winner - Special Recognition for a Narrative Feature - Oxford Film Festival

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Details

Director

Catherine Eaton

Rating

NR

Screenplay

Catherine Eaton
Bryan Delaney

Runtime

93 Minutes

Cast

Catherine Eaton
Harris Yulin
Frankie Faison
Teddy Sears
Erin Darke
Lucy Owen
Danny Burstein
David Furr

Genre

mystery
drama

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