Meetup on April 14th, 2021
Our next film is Sound of Metal (2020), directed by Darius Marder.
April is Disability Awareness Month at CUNY, and we have two selections (voted on by our members) that explore the personal and social challenges of living as a differently-abled person. Our first viewing will be Sound of Metal, the first narrative feature from director Darius Marder and a stunning showcase for actor Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, The Night Of).
The film follows a heavy metal drummer as he contends with sudden and total hearing loss. It’s a story about grief for the things that can’t be changed, and of finding unexpected strengths and connections when we need them the most.
Since its release, Sound of Metal has become a regular presence on the awards circuit, and is currently up for six Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Actor. Riz Ahmed is in fact the first Muslim to be nominated for a Best Actor award, a nomination that’s well-earned. The sound production of this film is also noteworthy and powerfully immersive, thanks to the efforts of veteran sound designer Nicolas Becker (Gravity).
Sound of Metal is available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime. We will be discussing the film on April 14th at 8:00pm EDT on Slack. Please check out our resources page for supplemental videos and articles. If you’d like to see a trailer for the film, click here.