Festival 2014

Family Matters: The Films of Alan Berliner

Yale Summer Film Institute

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.

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Screenings & Panels

Seventeen years after his grandfather's death, Alan Berliner has constructed a poetic and emotional jigsaw puzzle out of the voluminous memorabilia of his grandfather's life story. Family members try to make sense of it all in this witty, candid and cinematically inventive documentary biography.

Fri, June 13, 2014, 7:00pm  Details
1 hr
Intro and Q&A with filmmaker Alan Berliner

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 uniquely cinematic biography that finds both humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son.

Fri, June 13, 2014, 8:00pm  Details
1 hr
Intro and Q&A with filmmaker Alan Berliner

Tired of being mistaken for people who share his name, Alan 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.

Sat, June 14, 2014, 12:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

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 -- WIDE AWAKE is a cinematically innovative film that pushes at the borders of documentary storytelling.

Sat, June 14, 2014, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

An experimental documentary film utilizing a vast collection of rare 16mm home movies from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Sat, June 14, 2014, 5:00pm  Details
1 hr
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

SHORTS: These collage films are drawn from a vast personal library of sounds and images.

FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED: Alan Berliner’s deeply personal portrait of Edwin Honig, his “good friend, cousin and mentor,” is a first-hand look at Honig’s journey through the ravages of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sun, June 15, 2014, 12:30pm  Details
2 hrs