Emergence Magazine

Sanctuaries of Silence

A Listening Journey

by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

In this immersive listening journey, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton guides us into the Hoh Rain Forest—one of the quietest places in North America—to reconnect with the silence of the living world.

Director & Producer

Adam Loften is a filmmaker and producer of documentary films, virtual reality experiences, and podcasts. His work has been nominated for Emmy and Peabody Awards and featured on PBS, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Director & Producer

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an Emmy- and Peabody Award–nominated filmmaker and a Sufi teacher. His films include: Earthrise, Sanctuaries of Silence, The Atomic Tree, Counter Mapping, Marie’s Dictionary, and Elemental. His films have been screened at New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, and Hot Docs, exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum, and featured on PBS POV, National Geographic, and New York Times Op-Docs. He is the founder and executive editor of Emergence Magazine.


Directed by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Produced by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

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