Daniel Weintraub started working with the US composer on his feature length film three years before she died
Film maker Daniel Weintraub has launched a final drive to finish his documentary Deep Listening: The Story Of Pauline Oliveros. He started work on the film in 2014, joining the composer and Deep Listening theorist as she worked and travelled around the US before her death in November 2016. Since then he has conducted over 30 interviews with people who knew the artist, including Morton Subotnick, Tony Martin, Ramon Sender, Anna Halprin, Claire Chase, Mark Dresser, Linda Montano, Miya Masaoka and Ione. Since Oliveros’s death, notes Weintraub, Ione – her spouse of 30 years – has offered him support and guidance on the project. Money raised from his new crowdfunding campaign will go towards the cost of post-production.
“Thanks to the generosity of my Indiegogo contributors and a grant from The Robert Bielecki Foundation, production on Deep Listening: The Story Of Pauline Oliveros is complete,” states Weintraub on his campaign page. “The production process was successful beyond all expectations. I have also scoured archives at Mills College, UCSD and NYU. I have had access to Pauline and Ione’s personal archive as well as many generous archival contributions from others who worked and/or played with Pauline over the years.
“The end result of these past three years of work is that I have an astounding amount of material I now need to somehow distill into a two hour film,” he continues. “In my 20 years as an editor, this is the greatest challenge I have faced (just as I'm sure Pauline would want it!).
“The $35,000 being requested here is actually only a portion of what is needed to complete the film. If this fund drive can bring in more, it will only result in a better final product. Any remaining funding will be secured through traditional grants.”
Donations can be made via Indiegogo. You can watch a trailer below: