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Heart Beat Ear Drum: A Film About Z'EV


A portrait of the artist and musician Z’EV, known for his punk era scrap metal music – how his music changed and grew and how his personal journey led him to the margins of art and the depths of heart. In addition to interviews with Z’EV, there are interviews with a community of artists who have known him since the 1970s, curators who have encountered him in the 1990s, and young people who have only heard his recorded music or read his philosophical texts.

Heart Beat Ear Drum trailer - YouTube

Heart Beat Ear Drum trailer – YouTube

This film is divided in chapters and organized with both a narrative and a digressive structure. The structure is topic based, not strictly chronological. The first half of the film uses archival concert footage and interviews to establish Z’EV’s place in the world of art and music. The second half uses contemporary concert footage and interviews to explore the changes that led Z’EV to a more contemplative style. The film ends with an extended concert. There is music throughout the film, but at the end, you are immersed in the music and in Z’EV’s exploration of resonance.

With appearances by Anne Bean, Bob Bellerue, Carl Stone, HATI, Johanna Went, Ned Sublette, Richard Wilson, Simone Forti, Zach Layton and more.

Music by Z’EV
Co Editer:  Lili Chin
Sound Design: Ron MacLeod
Director: Ellen Zweig
2015. 75 mins, NTSC (DVD)


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