Signal and Noise

Dir. Jess Shane and Katie Mathews, 2022
Produced in collaboration with Mansoor Adayfi
Sound design by Kaija Siirala
Mix engineering by Michelle  Macklem

What are the sounds of Guantánamo Bay Detention Center? In 2015, poet Jordan Scott set out to record the ambient sounds of the prison as a means of bypassing its strict media censorship rules. Today, former detainee, Mansoor Adayfi, recalls how sound shaped his experiences there— both of torture and of hope. The year of the 20th anniversary of the prison, Scott’s field recordings and Adayfi’s memories come together to create a visceral new landscape of this notoriously secret place.

Screening History
Prismatic Ground Film Festival, Premiere, May 2022, New York City, NY
Mimesis Film Festival, August 2022, Boulder, CO
Third Horizon Film Festival, June 2022, Miami, FL
Nashville Film Festival, September 2022, Nashville, TN
Hot Springs Film Festival, October 2022, Albuquerque, NM
Antimatter Film Festival, October 2022, Victoria, BC
New Orleans Film Festival, November 2022, New Orleans, Experimental Short: Special Jury Recognition
Future of Film Showcase, May 2023, Toronto
Sight/Geist: Policing Reality - Screening at The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation / The 8th Floor
Sound of Fire - Exhibition at VisArts, Rockville, MD; Curated by Gabrielle Tillenburg

Dancing on the Waves: The Layne Beachly Story

The story of how Layne Beachley became a seven times World Champion. See the full film at the Australian Sports Museum, MCG, Melbourne.

Narrated by Layne Beachley
Written, Directed and Animated by Isobel Knowles
Produced by Rathicca Chiandra
Addition Animation by Rebecca Hayes
Sound Design by Michelle Macklem
Music by Lehmann B. Smith
Narration recorded by Gus Franklin at Electric Dreams
Commissioned by the MCC

View the trailer here

Stills from the video. Animations by Isobel Knowles, additional animation by Rebecca Hayes.
© Michelle Macklem 2024