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The Alan Berliner Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 317 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Includes: Wide Awake
    KQED TV Interview With Alan Berliner
    The Art of Process DVD-ROM Catalogue
    Sleep Q & A a DVD-ROM Extra
    Chasing Time A DVD-Rom Story

    The Sweetest Sound
    POV Interview with Alan Berliner
    Natural History A short Film By Alan Berliner
    The Art Of Process DVD-ROM Catalogue

    Nobody's Business
    POV Interview with Alan Berliner
    Everywhere at Once a Short Film By Alan Berliner
    The Art of Process DVD-ROM Catalogue

    Intimate Stranger
    POV Interview with Alan Berliner
    Myth in th Electric Age A Short Film by Alan Berliner
    The Art of Process A DVD-ROM Catalogue

    The Family Album
    POV Interview with Alan Berliner
    City Edition A Short Film By Alan Berliner
    The Art of Process A DVD-Rom Catalogue
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, innovativein their cinematic technique, unpredeictable in their structures...Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life."

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Wide Awake (2006)
From HBO and Lorber Films comes a film that balances the precision of a Swiss watch with the messiness of a restless mind, Wide Awake is Alan Berliner's uniquely personal tour through his life-long obsession with insomnia. 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." By focusing on the effects of insomnia on Berliner's creative process, Wide Awake also becomes a film about the art of filmmaking. We see footage documenting the process of the film being made, a raucously caffeinated tour of his studio, and revelations about Berliner's secret life as a night owl. With the birth of his son Eli, Berliner becomes torn between his love of the night and the emotional pulls of love and responsibility that he feels for his family. A sophisticated blend of the hilarious and the deeply personal, Wide Awake is a cinematically innovative film that pushes at the borders of documentary storytelling; a heartfelt portrait of the artist as insomniac.

The Sweetest Sound
Alan Berliner is a lawyer in Columbus. Alan Berliner is a social worker in Seattle. Alan Berliner is a celebrity photographer in Los Angeles. Tired of being mistaken for these people and anyone else who might share his name, Alan Berliner, the filmmaker from New York - not to be confused with Belgian filmmaker Alain Berliner - decides to rid himself of the dreaded Same Name Syndrome. His solution: invite all the Alan Berliners in the world over to his house for dinner. With the intimacy and humor of a personal essay, Berliner dives headfirst inside the American name pool in search of the treasures and dangers hidden inside his own name. In the end Berliner leaves us with a greater sense of the power and magic embedded in a name, and how all of our identities are inescapably shaped by what we call ourselves. A film guaranteed to make you think twice about the who, the why and the where contained in every name, The Sweetest Sound has Berliner's inimitable filmmaking signature written all over it.

Nobody's Business (1996)
Alan Berliner takes on his reclusive father as the reluctant subject of this poignant and graceful study of family history and memory. What emerges is a dramatically engaging biography that finds both humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son.

Intimate Stranger (1991)
Alan Berliner takes on his reclusive father as the reluctant subject of this poignant and graceful study of family history and memory. What emerges is a dramatically engaging biography that finds both humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son. Ultimately this complex portrait is a meeting of the minds - where the past meets the present, where generations collide, and where the boundaries of family life are pushed, pulled, stretched, torn and surprisingly at times, also healed.

The Family Album (1986)
The Family Album is a one-hour experimental documentary collage film utilizing a vast collection of rare, anonymous 16mm home movies from the 1920s through the 1950s.
 
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