Q&A with producer Karen Johnson after the film!
94 minutes, 2019
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema – and the unsung heroes whose creative breakthroughs have impacted the most beloved, classic films. Through film clips, interviews and archival footage, this documentary captures the history, impact and process of this overlooked art form. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers – Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom –and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.
Karen Johnson produces fiction and non-fiction film, television, and web media. She is especially interested in subjects that feature compelling women characters and/or women writers and directors. Her credits include the feature documentaries Kusama – Infinity (directed and written by Heather Lenz, Sundance 2018; Magnolia Pictures) and Double Dare (directed by Amanda Micheli, Toronto 2004, winner five festival audience awards; PBS Independent Lens, NBC/Universal); the feature romantic comedy Twice Upon A Yesterday (directed by Maria Ripoll, Best Screenplay Montreal Film Festival; Trimark Pictures, Icon), Wanda The Wonderful (director/writer Carolyn Macartney, PBS), and the webseries Nerd Girl Nation (directed by Paola di Florio). Also an attorney, Karen has developed projects with major studios and been funded by major foundations and organizations. She is on the selection committee for the Erik Barnouw Award given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of outstanding film or television concerning American History.