Monday, April 6, 2009



Boston, MA – The 2009 Boston Independent Film Festival has announced that Amy Grill’s feature documentary film, SPEAKING IN CODE, will have its world premiere at the festival. In 2005 Amy Grill, currently on faculty at Emerson College, began filming a verité account of characters within electronic music. The result is an intimate, inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking look into a world where people get lost in music.

After interviewing many characters, Grill trained her camera on eight individuals: an innovative inventor, two rambunctious bad-boy producers, two DJs and their different label families in Germany, a jet-setting journalist, her then-husband, a tireless Boston-based promoter, and, ultimately, herself. In three years via SPEAKING IN CODE, each go through life events which transcend music altogether and make the film a compelling tale of humanity.

Shot on location by Grill with a young and gifted Director of Photography, Scott Sans, SPEAKING IN CODE was filmed in 11 cities in 5 countries. Whether an ammunition plant-turned-nightclub in the country, a sleek record store with sleeker offices or a suburban childhood home, the screen comes alive with brilliant images of lives consumed in sound.

Amy Grill is currently a Producer-in-Residence at Boston’s Emerson College. She recently launched the College Outreach program at Current TV in 2007. Grill built the student television network at Emerson and served as the faculty advisor to several projects while at Emerson including the Kevin Bright Workshop. She has worked in various capacities in network and cable television in New York and public television in Boston. After producing an experimental short and a photography exhibit, she took to making SPEAKING IN CODE.

SPEAKING IN CODE features journalist PHILIP SHERBURNE, the production and DJ team WIGHNOMY BROTHERS, BPitch Control recording artists and (Radiohead favorite) MODESELEKTOR, BPitch Control owner ELLEN ALLIEN, DJ and producer TOBIAS THOMAS, the KOMPAKT label family, software developer/artist MONOLAKE plus Boston promoter and current A&E Editor of Boston’s Weekly Dig, DAVID DAY.

Director Amy Grill is available for interviews prior to and during IFFBoston.

For more on SPEAKING IN CODE, please visit our website at
or the long-running blog

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