selected press

“Both the poet and activist in Shen deserves to be heard.”

-De Standaard

selected praise for in pursuit of silence

“Half visual essay, half verbal investigation, “Silence” is thoughtful and informative as well as contemplative and restorative. It both tells you why you perhaps yearn for silence and shows you what it would look like if you could find it.”

Kennth Turan | Los Angeles Times

“…this elegant sermon by Patrick Shen on why we should dial down the racket of our daily lives will make you consider turning off and tuning out.” 

Jeannette Catsoulis | New York Times

“As much a visual treat as an aural one, the film divides its time between using the tools of cinema to isolate and enhance the beauty of sounds and silence and exploring different schools of thought on the subject.”

-Scott Tobias | NPR

“…one of the most truly meditative and deeply inventive films of the year.”

-Kate Erbland | IndieWire

“”A beguiling, meditative and elegantly photographed documentary.”

– Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal

“In Pursuit of Silence is a wonderfully shot film and one which is best experienced on a big screen where its images’ composition and acute sound mixing can be fully appreciated.”

Argun Ulgen | Pop Matters


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