Sound of Metal Screening Opportunity

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A Brief History

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, a limited number of you have a chance at watching a virtual screening of Sound of Metal at 7:30PM.  The film is an awards-worthy drama from first-time director Darius Marder.  The film features both high-caliber performances and innovative craftsmanship, leading this film to be a major awards contender.  The film uses the specific story of a musician losing his hearing to tell a more universal, emotionally uplifting story of adapting to whatever life experiences may come our way. It stars Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke.

Digging Deeper

To reserve a spot for the online screening, you must click on the link below which takes you right to the redeem pass page:

Then, you log in or sign up (which takes a minute if you do not have an Amazon TicktBox account) to get the virtual pass.  The night of the screening, you get an email from Amazon Screenings at 6:30PM, one hour before the screening to log into the movie (wait in a virtual waiting room – so you can walk away for an hour) and then the movie starts at 7:30PM.  It is easy and the system explains the steps.

The film shows how during a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss.  When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over.  His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world.

Sound of Metal will open in theaters on November 20th and then on Amazon Prime Video on December 4th.  It is rated R with a running time of 130 minutes.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see the film’s official trailer:

The featured image in this article is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted.  It is believed that the use of scaled-down, low-resolution images of posters with the intention of promoting the film in question qualifies as fair use under the copyright law of the United States.


About Author

Dr. Zar

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.