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Streaming January 14-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

USA | 117 minutes | 2021

The Sound of Us

Miami Premiere

Directed by 12-time Emmy-winner and Grammy-nominated record producer Chris Gero, The Sound of Us is a rousing ode to the healing power of music shot across five countries and featuring interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Patti Smith, Bettye LaVette, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz, and many other notable musicians. This inspiring film vividly illustrates how music can heal us and gives us hope for the future, even — especially — in times of crisis. In between interviews and performances, The Sound of Us weaves together a series of vignettes that include a Holocaust survivor whose 70-year career persisted with the help of one melody, underserved children finding new types of families in music education, the history of jazz and African-American music evolving in New Orleans; and so much more.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Chris Gero, film subject Francesco Lotoro, and moderator Rabbi Julie Jacobs. To view the conversation please click here.


Movie That Matters Award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

Director's Bio

Directed by Chris Gero

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Chris Gero is a Grammy-nominated American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director, and composer, as well as founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group. He is responsible for the management and branding of Yamaha's global roster and oversees Yamaha's artist collaborations, including Elton John, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, and Ben Folds.

Cast and Credits


Chris Gero


Chris Gero, Sara Bachler


Ben James


Nate Cole, Ben James, Chris Gero


Ben Folds, Patti Smith, Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz

Film Info






117 minutes


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