32 Sounds

Audience Award ~ Festival Favorites
South by Southwest
A uniquely mind-expanding plunge into a dimension of the human experience.


32 Sounds

The feature documentary 32 SOUNDS is an immersive film that explores the phenomenon of sound through 32 specific sonic experiences. The film will launch its nationwide rollout at the Film Forum, presented as a unique auditory experience, beginning on April 28, 2023.

32 SOUNDS world premiered to critical acclaim at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. Variety’s Peter Debruge described the film as “a rare and rewarding sonic journey with the potential to enrich our lives.”

From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green (
The Weather Underground), featuring original music by JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), and with sound design by Academy Award winner Mark Mangini, 32 SOUNDS explores the elemental phenomenon of sound by weaving together 32 specific sound explorations into a cinematic meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. Green takes the audience on a journey through time and space — exploring everything from forgotten childhood memories to the soundtrack of resistance, to subaquatic symphonies — to experience in new ways the astonishing sounds of our everyday lives. 32 SOUNDS investigates the mysterious nature of perception and the subtle yet radical politics that arise from sensation and being present in one’s body.
Not Rated
Documentary, Science
Sam Green
Nominee, Audience Award ~ Festival Favorites, South by Southwest
Dan Mecca, The Film Stage

As engaging and impressive a documentary as you’re going to see, '32 Sounds' starts with a kind of obvious––yet eminently under-asked––question: why do most of us take sound for granted? Director Sam Green quickly reminds us of Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph. He tell us a newspaper at ...

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