STRANGE TRUTH: Screening of "Wide Awake" and Conversation with Filmmaker Alan BerlinerSTRANGE TRUTH: Screening of "Wide Awake" and Conversation with Filmmaker Alan Berlinerhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/123421KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2010-03-17T19:30:002010-03-17T22:00:00
March 17, 7:30PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Presented by the Strange Truth Documentary Film Series
Organized by Visiting Filmmaker Vicky Funari
In the spirit of his highly acclaimed experimental documentary films, Intimate Stranger (1991), Nobody’s Business (1996), and The Sweetest Sound (2001), Berliner once again uses his own life as a laboratory – this time to confront both the anguish of his sleeplessness, and the blessing of extra time that it affords his creative life.
Berliner uses both metaphor and candid first-person observations to illuminate how an obsessive mind that won’t shut down at night leaves him feeling “jet lagged in his own time zone.” Incorporating hundreds of archival film clips, consultations with sleep specialists, an overnight stay at a sleep lab, conversations with family members, home movies and dream visualizations – all woven together by a strikingly dynamic sound design -- WIDE AWAKE is a cinematically innovative film that pushes at the borders of documentary storytelling.
Alan Berliner's uncanny ability to combine experimental cinema, artistic purpose, and popular appeal in compelling film essays has made him one of America's most acclaimed independent filmmakers. The New York Times has described Berliner's work as "powerful, compelling and bittersweet... full of juicy conflict and contradiction, innovative in their cinematic technique, unpredictable in their structures... Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life."
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