• Dolby Family Sound Fellowship

    Dolby Fellowship goes to The Sound of Silence

  • “Dolby Atmos allowed us to hear the world the way [our main character] hears it, which is vital to have an emotional connection to the character.”


    Michael Tyburski, Director/Co-writer

    • This year we expanded the Dolby Fellowship program to include projects developed by SF FILM, but with a twist: for the first time, the Dolby Fellowship was given to Michael Tyburski’s film The Sound of Silence at the script stage, before Michael and his team had filmed the movie, which stars Peter Sarsgaard as a “house tuner” in New York City who calibrates the sound in people’s homes in order to adjust their moods, until he meets a client (Rashida Jones) with a problem he can’t solve.

      We also expanded the Fellowship this year to including finishing the film in Dolby Vision, our high-dynamic range format, in addition to spectacular sound in Dolby Atmos.

      The importance of sound to tell this story was clear upon first reading the script. “The movie is presented through this character, who happens to have a heightened ability to hear,” explained director and co-writer Michael Tyburski. This gave the filmmakers the opportunity to use the Dolby Atmos format to give the audience the experience of hearing the world the way Sarsgaard’s character experiences it.

      “Getting the Dolby [Fellowship] fulfilled the movie’s potential,” said producer and co-writer Ben Nabors, “It was potential that we didn’t even know existed.”

      The Sound of Silence opens from IFC Films on September 13 in select theaters and streaming platforms.