Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements



Rafael 2 Sun, May 5, 2019 5:15 PM
Film Info
Running Time:90 min.
Director:Irene Taylor Brodsky
Producer:Irene Taylor Brodsky
Tahria Sheather
Cinematographer:Nick Midwig
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Editor:Bill Weber
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Print Source:Vermilion Films
Note Writer:Kelly Clement


Oscar®-nominated director Irene Taylor Brodsky turns her camera on the challenges of living in an intergenerational world of deafness. Her son Jonas began losing his hearing at an early age and had to undergo cochlear-implant surgery. Now at age 11, Jonas has become interested in music, and with the encouragement of his deaf grandfather, he begins to confront his own limitations by choosing to learn Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata for a school recital. In this deeply intimate portrait of a deaf boy growing up and his deaf grandfather growing old, Brodsky weaves past and present footage of family life with sections of exquisite animation paired with the classic work of Beethoven, who lost his own hearing as he completed his iconic sonata.

An ASL interpreter will be present to interpret both the introduction and post-screening Q&A. Closed caption and descriptive audio devices will be available.

IN PERSON: Director Irene Taylor Brodsky

Additional Information

Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®-, and Peabody Award®-winning filmmaker. Her first memoir on her parents, Hear and Now, won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2007. Her feature documentary, Beware the Slenderman, was nominated for a 2018 Emmy and received two Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director and Best Documentary. Her other acclaimed films include Between Sound and Silence, Homeless: The Soundtrack, Open Your Eyes, The Final Inch, Saving Pelican 895, and One Last Hug.