Who cares when the world is too busy, too noisy and too bright? A short documentary about sensory overload tells the story of people who care.
Why sensory overload?
Arts and culture, events and performances, are by nature and design sensory rich experiences. We live in a world where more and more people experience sensory overload. Champions are emerging from the arts and culture scene to create alternative sensory friendly experiences.
I like loud. I like quiet. (our working title) chronicles what it feels like for youth and young adults when it is too busy, too noisy and too bright in daily life. It also introduces the sensory friendly leaders trying to change our sensory experiences in a world we all want to enjoy.
I like loud. I like the quiet. is a short documentary about sensory overload with pre-production starting in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in July 2019.
I like loud. I like quiet. is the brainchild of occupational therapist and Sensory Friendly Solutions founder Christel Seeberger. She spent the last twenty-five years trying to solve the problems of sensory overload for her occupational therapy clients. These were many people who found the world too busy, too noisy and too bright because of anxiety, autism, concussion, PTSD and dementia, and other underlying circumstances. Christel experienced sensory sensitivity herself, with adult-onset hearing loss, wearing hearing aids for the first time. She then realized she had to solve the problem of sensory overload in a large-scale, disruptive and innovative way for the growing segment of the population around the world with sensory sensitivity.
Christel founded Sensory Friendly Solutions to help people with sensory sensitivity and launched the free Sensory Friendly Finder so that people across the globe could share sensory friendly events, places, products, and services; review and rate them, and help set a sensory friendly standard where none exists.
The back story of I like loud. I like quiet.
As Executive Producer, Christel approached the New Brunswick Filmaker’s Cooperative (NB Film Co-op) to help tell the story of people with sensory sensitivity. This large and growing segment of our population experience sensory overload, and there are emerging champions who help make the world more sensory friendly for them. Then, collaborating with Matt Brown of Mountaindale Productions as Producer/Director and Elaine Shannon of Shannon Multimedia Productions as Producer and with the additional support of Arts and Culture, City of Saint John, the short documentary film I like loud. I like quiet. was born. This is Christel’s first film ever.
The NB Film Co-op is a non-profit, charitable organization involved in the production of 16mm and HD films. The Co-op provides broad-ranging support such as workshops/training, creative support and mentoring, grant writing assistance, equipment, human resources, socials, informal writer/director/actor labs. It also presents diverse quality films and videos through its annual Silver Wave Film Festival. The Co-op also seeks to give a voice to, and develop the talents of, artists in New Brunswick that would not otherwise have the opportunity to express their views in film and video. It is an inclusive and welcoming community that seeks to encourage diverse voices to share their stories.
Matt Brown, Mountaindale Productions, is an award-winning writer, director, filmmaker, and photographer. Matthew Brown is a filmmaker based in New Brunswick. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick, he studied photography at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He is the creator and producer of Studio Tour, a Bell TV1 show that profiled Atlantic Canadian artists and that aired for four seasons in Atlantic Canada.
Elaine Shannon, Shannon Multimedia Productions, is a filmmaker and producer based in New Brunswick Canada. She has over 15 years in New Broadcast Media creating content for the Web, TV, and Film progressively since 2004. She produced, directed and hosted four seasons of the TV Show Simply Zen for Bell TV1. Produced two feature films The Divorce Movie and Owl River Runners. Owl River Runners had its world premiere at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and premiered in the US at Cinema on the Bayou where it was nominated for best narrative feature. Currently, she is co-hosting and co-producing the Soul Sister Conversations – The Podcast, with Dana Lloyd. Elaine is thrilled to be working with Christel and Sensory Friendly on this project. The subject matter hits close to home with Elaine who has a son who was diagnosed in elementary school with autism. Elaine says, “It would have been helpful to have had a Sensory Friendly Solutions’ Sensory Friendly Finder to maneuver our world back 15 years ago, we could have done so much more with our son who experienced sensory overload”.
I like loud. I like quiet. is seeking people to participate in the filming of this short documentary film.
Do you have sensory sensitivity?
Are you 15-30 years old?
Do you experience sensory overload?
Do you seek sensory friendly places and events?
Do you want to tell your story?
Are you in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada?
If yes, then contact Elaine Shannon by email shannonmultimedia(at)gmail.com by Friday, August 2, 2019, if you would like to participate in the documentary.
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