United States, 2017, 93 min.
On a remote island off the coast of Maine, Liv, after years of silence, begins to weave a language out of Shakespeare's words. A driven neurologist, brought to the island to protect her, commits her to a psychiatric hospital. She becomes a full-blow rebel in the hospital; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life as she fights for her voice and her freedom. Starring a superb cast including Harris Yulin (Scarface, Training Day), Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex, The Flash), and Erin Darke (Good Girls Revolt), THE SOUNDING is an explosive drama that champions the individual.
With Liv in "The Sounding", I wanted to create a character - an outlier - with an extraordinarily strong life force and explore what happens when this life force comes into conflict with society's expectations. Desire is inherently exciting. I think we're all drawn to people with out-sized needs. They don't behave in rational ways. And we all want to play with the gloves off. In Liv's case, the battleground is language, but that serves as a stand in for every unique impulse any of us have ever felt and been unsure what price we might pay for following it.