The Sweetest Sound

The Sweetest Sound

What’s in a name? Names are the opening words to our life stories. With intimacy, humor and his own inimitable style, Alan Berliner dives headfirst into the American name pool in search of the treasures and traps hidden in names — especially his own. The Sweetest Sound starts out as a search for identity, transforms into a meditation on mortality, leaving a keen sense of the power and mystery embedded in every name.

We’ll be bringing the acclaimed film out of the POV archive on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, for a screening at the Office of Civic Engagement in Duluth, Minnesota.

Keep reading for event details and to find out how popular your last name is by entering your surname into a searchable database of more than 150,000 last names!

Duluth, MN

The Sweetest Sound
Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 3:00 PM
University of Minnesota’s Duluth Office of Civic Engagement will be hosting a free screening of Alan Berliner’s acclaimed film in Room 200 Chemistry (Chem). To find out more, call Steven Wick at 218-726-6623.
To learn more about the film, visit POV’s The Sweetest Sound companion site.

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Jamie worked in the Community Engagement and Education Department at POV from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining POV in 2010, Jamie worked at Northwestern University's satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, where she was part of the team tasked with setting up the school's film and journalism programs in the Middle East. She has worked in various capacities on many documentary film crews around the world, including productions in West Africa, and has worked closely with acclaimed filmmaker Margaret Brown. Jamie has also previously worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film and African Studies.