Alessandro D’Emilia, Nika Saravanja | Italy | 2016 | Documentary | 62 min
An exploration through lush equatorial forests, Dusk Chorus uses sound as a medium to grapple with the current global extinction rate. Eco-acoustic researcher David Monacchi is on a quest to record sonic portraits of the world’s ecosystems. Through beautiful and immersive cinematography, filmmaker Alessandro D'Emilia follows the progress of this urgent project, incorporating Monacchi’s lecture footage, which manages to accessibly impart the complexity of the issues at hand. The result is a careful balance between Monacchi’s scientific yet deeply philosophical relationship with the environment and the urgent plight of communities and creatures that are facing the impact of habitat loss and invasive industry. It is an enduring contemplation on some of the often- overlooked aspects that make an ecosystem diverse, unique, and fragile.
David Monacchi (1970) is an eco-acoustic composer, researcher and multidisciplinary artist. He has been developing the project Fragments of Extinction for 15 years, conducting field research in the world’s remaining areas of undisturbed primary equatorial forest. The recipient of multiple awards throughout Europe and North America, Monacchi is pioneering a new compositional and science dissemination approach based on 3D soundscape recordings of ecosystems to foster discourse on the biodiversity crisis through educational and sound-art installations. A Fulbright
fellow at UC Berkeley (CA) in 2007, he has taught at the University of Macerata (IT) since 2000, and is now professor of Electroacoustics at the Conservatorio "G. Rossini" of Pesaro (IT).
Alessandro was born in Rome in 1988. Life took him to live elsewhere, mainly in Misurina, Dolomites. He became soon passionate in various sports activities as skiing, climbing, high-lining. Practicing these activities he developed a strong interest in the audiovisual sector, in particular remain fascinated by the mysteries of nature and the unexplored places. He is currently studying at the Zelig school for documentary.
Nika Saravanja was born in 1985 in Zagreb. She studied at the Zagreb School of Economy and Management in Zagreb. Currently she is studying directing at the Zelig school of documentary filmmaking in Bolzano, Italy. Until this day her work was based mostly on photography and now she started experimenting with film, a common passion that she discovered while traveling.