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In The Sweetest Sound, Alan Berliner (the filmmaker from New York) is tired of being mistaken for people who might share his name and decideds to rid himself of the dreaded Same Name Syndrome. His solution: invite all the Alan Berliners in the world over to his house for dinner. In the end Berliner leaves us with a greater sense of the power and magic embedded in a name, and how all of our identities are inescapably shaped by what we call ourselves.
"He's always looking for the universal in the detail, and he's become very adept at finding it," says "POV" executive producer Cara Mertes. " 'The Sweetest Sound' in another filmmaker's hands would have been a waste of time."
In the midst of a lineup that includes several documentaries on social issues--from welfare to migrant workers--"The Sweetest Sound" represents "the purest example of the film essay," Mertes says. "Alan is on one edge of the narrative trajectory. He plays with it more than other people do." ("POV" continues through Aug. 28, and will present two specials in the fall.)
Berliner's fans may understandably assume that "The Sweetest Sound" was planned all along as a follow-up to his previous films, but he originally had something else in mind. "I had naturally grandiose aspirations," Berliner said recently. "I wanted to make the definitive film about names." Read more at Los Angeles Times