Hot Docs 2023: Qs à la mode with… Cam Christiansen (Echo of Everything)

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Director Cam Christiansen’s Echo of Everything travels the globe to explore the profound power of music. We posed our Qs à la mode to Cam ahead of its world premiere at the festival, and here’s what he shared!

If I had to describe my film using only three adjectives, they would be: Deep-dive, unexpected, existential.

I decided to make this film because: I love music and it has had a profound effect on my life and mental health.

The thing that surprised me most about my film’s subject/topic was: How the physical reality of music — such as harmonics, energy, frequency and vibrations — are so essential to the smallest particles of the atomic world, and all the way to the universe. 

My favorite moment/scene/sequence in my film is: A fake punk-rock band scene we filmed, where I make a cameo doing a stage dive into a crowd and then get covered in beer.

The most challenging part of making my film was: Working through Covid and having to adjust all plans to the lockdown scenarios.

My most invaluable piece of doc-making gear was/is: My guitar.

One piece of documentary-filmmaking advice I’d like to share with aspiring documentarians is: Don’t wait for anyone to give you an opportunity to make something. Just do it with great passion and share your excitement, and it will magically work out.

Want to check out Cam’s film or just learn more about it?
Get the scoop, and your tickets, here!


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