“Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has spent the past 35 years recording natural soundscapes. His work has taken him around the world and into some of the least densely populated places. His hope is that we will fall back in love with planet Earth if we start listening. In lyrical short film Being Hear, filmmakers Palmer Morse and Matt Mikkelsen capture Hempton in his element as he shares the importance of preserving the silence. To experience the full range of nature’s orchestra, headphones are highly recommended.” — National Geographic Short Film Showcase

“For most of his life, Gordon Hempton has been in pursuit of nature’s myriad and multi-faceted soundscapes as an Emmy-winning acoustic ecologist. During that time, he has become a master of a skill that is inarguably a dying art: listening. In this short film, he shares insights on the constant and nuanced communications of nature, the alarming extinction of places unaffected by human activity, the way quiet can open our eyes to the larger picture and the benefits of simply paying attention to place. Silence, as he puts it, “is the think tank of the soul.” — Telluride Mountainfilm

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