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ReelEarth: The Sound of the Dolomites

Posted on 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

What musical soundtrack does your inner ear hear when you see a formidable mountain range? A soaring orchestral? Yodeling? Disco? In this film from the ReelEarth Collection, American filmmaker, musician, and presenter Scott Sell visits a mountain valley in the borderland between Austria and Italy, named Val Gardena. His goal? To travel by ear. His journey starts by listening to the spoken languages. Scott finds both German and Italian, but he also hears Ladin—a romance language of the Ladinish people. To a well-tuned ear in this valley, however, the richness is only beginning with the spoken word. German yodeling accompanies dancers clad in lederhosen. A duo with guitars and accordions sing traditional Ladin songs in an outdoor beer garden. Before long, the mountain audio floodgate releases: Scott meets the conductor of an orchestra, the frontmen of a rock band, and a young singer-songwriter pair. And did you know that Giorgio Moroder, the disco composer of Flashdance, Scarface, and Top Gun also grew up in this valley? Whoa, Nelly! As Scott muses, “there must be something in the mountain water.” What a novel way to travel!

Produced by Scott Sell

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Dolomites region when you join O.A.T.’s Northern Italy: The Alps, Dolomites & Lombardy adventure.

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