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Letter To The Editor
Directed by
Alan Berliner

USA / 2019 / 88

East Coast Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
10/4/2019, 1:30PM
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
10/5/2019, 7:00PM

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Alan Berliner
For 40 years, filmmaker Alan Berliner clipped out photos from The New York Times that caught his eye, organizing them thematically and cross-indexing subject matter, sometimes in seemingly unlikely ways. Acting as archivist, librarian and film narrator, he has amassed a collection that is a bold statement on human nature and how history often repeats itself.

An elegy to the printed newspaper through sumptuous storytelling and inventive use of visual editing and sound, this tour of history feels like a fast-paced music video mixed with slower melodic movements used to great effect. The film brings to question what is happening to freedom of the press as newspapers die out due to digital news consumption and, as the narrator ponders “...news is no longer good, bad or fake ...it’s whatever you want it to be because it’s created just for you.”

An incredibly timely and thought-provoking film. Makes one appreciate a languid afternoon with the Sunday paper and a cup of coffee and wonder if this is a vanishing pleasure?—Gene Fischer

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. Berliner's films, First Cousin Once Removed (2013), Wide Awake (2006), The Sweetest Sound (2001), Nobody’s Busniess (1996), Intimate Stranger (1991), and The Family Album (1986), have been broadcast all over the world and received awards, prizes and retrospectives at many major international film festivals. Over the years, his films have become part of the core curriculum for documentary filmmaking and film history classes at universities worldwide. All of his films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Producer(s): Alan Berliner
Director(s): Alan Berliner
Screenwriter(s): Alan Berliner
Editor(s): Alan Berliner
Sound Designer(s): Alan Berliner
Courtesy of: HBO
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