Closing Night Gala Showcases FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY
"Easily the most wildly fascinating artist profiled in a documentary since Crumb." - Movies.com
The Tallgrass Film Festival Closing Night Gala, sponsored by Heroes, Old Town's Original Sports Bar & Grill, will showcase Writer/Director/Producer Brad Bernstein's FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Bernstein.
The riveting documentary depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art.
Combining traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator, and using a historical palette of 20th century events to paint an artist's epic yet controversial life story, this film offers a retrospective of Ungerer's life and art, pondering the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history.
The film features interviews with Maurice Sendak and Jules Feiffer among others, and has played at festivals around the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Deauville Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The movie is followed by the Closing Night Party at the Scottish Rite, with open bar, food from Heroes, Old Town's Original Sports Bar & Grill and music from the Metro Jazz Orchestra. ($25 includes film and party.)
Special Guest: Brad Bernstein (Director)
Brad Bernstein is a writer, producer and director who spent fourteen years in long-form documentary production before co-founding Corner of the Cave Media in early 2012. One of his recent documentaries is a 98-minute theatrical release that he directed, produced and wrote through the Cave entitled Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story about the subversive and perverse Alsatian illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer. First Run Features picked up North American rights, Paris-based Le Pacte is handling French distribution and International sales (non-English), and PBS Distribution has scooped up English-speaking territories outside of North America. Far Out had its theatrical opening in New York at the esteemed Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on June 14th and in Los Angeles on June 21st at Landmark Nuart and will play in at least twenty other American cities in 2013.
Brad’s television work is also focused on documentaries. He is currently the staff writer for VH1’s Emmy Award-winning doc series Behind The Music and has also produced and six episodes of the series, mostly recently BTM: Ludacris. Brad is also co-director, executive producer and writer of Real Change: Artists For Education, a one-hour prime time special that aired on CBS on April 23rd, 2013 that includes interviews and performances with Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, Quincy Jones, Matthew Morrison and LMFAO. Season Two is currently in production and will also incorporate some of the biggest and brightest names in music and entertainment including Ludacris, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Hudson and others and is set for air in 2014.
Through the Cave, Brad is also currently directing and producing a ten-camera, live concert and documentary adaption called Jazz and the Philharmonic which features Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg and the late and legendary Phil Ramone. The special will air nationally on PBS in winter, 2014. Also in May 2014, VH1 will air a 90-minute special entitled ATL: The Rise of the Dirty South, a documentary conceived of and created by Corner of the Cave that details the rise of the southern hip hop sound. The “Rock Doc” special will be hosted and narrated by Ludacris.