Links of Interest...
Toothsoup on 'Wide Awake'

Psycology comes alive:Alan Berliner and Merle Haggard

May 4th, 2016 SCREENING "First Cousin Once removed" Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA

February 10th, 2016 SCREENING "First Cousin Once removed" UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archieve. Berkeley, CA

January 24th, 2016 MASTER CLASS at Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, NYC

January 24th, 2016 DOUBLE FEATURE SCREENING "Nobody's busioness" and "Intimate Stranger" as part of the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival at the Walter Reade Theatert, Lincoln Center NYC.

December 6th, 2015 SPEAKER at Private Lives, Disparate Selves. Union Docs 322 Union Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

October 13th -28th, 2015 RETROSPECTIVE, Antenna Documentary Film Festival. Sydney, Australia.

October, 2015 ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009 compilation of groundbreaking electronic media work by 100 artists who have worked in the Center's Residency Program during the last 40 years.

May 21st to 31st, 2015 RETROSPECTIVE at Edoc "Encuentros del otro cine" Quito, Ecuador

April 15th and 17th, 2015 "E Tudo Verdade" It's All True Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil

March 29th, 2015 Speaker at Columbia University, NY, The Italian Academy. "Stalking the Essay"

June 13th to 15th, 2014 Alan Berliner's retrospective at the "International Festival of Arts and Ideas" Yale University, New Haven, CT

May 29th to June 7th, 2014 FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED screening at the "Lima Independiente, Festival Internacional de Cine" Peru.

May 4th and 5th , 2014 FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED screening followed by Q&A in Cable Car Cinema & Cafe, Providence, RI.

February 14th to 18th , 2014 "ALAN BERLINER IN MEXICO" Retrospective and seminar as part of the 9th International Film Festival of Mexico City (DocsDF) at the National Cinematheque

January 30th to May 4th, 2014 10:00 AM FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED screening as part of "Ambulante" Mexico.

December 22nd and 25th, 2013 FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED screening as part of "For your Consideration, Documentary Oscar's Hopefuls" Series at Lincon Center after being selected as part of the Oscar's Shortlist for Best Documentary

December 2nd, 2013 FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED is nominated for Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards

November 18th, 2013 at 5:00PM - IFC Center- 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of DOC NYC, New York Documentary Festival

November 15th, 2013 at 8:30PM 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal

November 12th, 2013 at 2:00PM 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

November 10th, 2013 at 2:00PM 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of The 26th Annual Virginia Film Festival

November 6th, 2013 at 8:00PM 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of La Casa Encendida

November 5th, 2013 at 8PM 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of 10th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

November 3rd, 2013 at Multicine Royal Films Centenario Sala 2 / 2:30 pm 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of 5to Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali

November 2nd, 2013 at 2:30PM - São Jorge - Sala 3 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of Doclisboa '13

November 2nd, 2013 at Multicine Royal Films Centenario Sala 2 / 9:45 pm 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of 5to Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali

October 30th, 2013 at 8:00PM 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of The 15th International Documentary Encounter

October 29th, 2013 at 9:45PM - Culturgest - Pq. Auditório 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of Doclisboa '13

October 26th, 2013 at 9:00 PM 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening as part of Viennale

October 6th, 2013 at 2:30 pm "A Master Class with Alan Berliner" at the GMAC - 103 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD Alan Berliner's latest documentary 'First Cousin Once Removed' screening at 5:30 pm on the same day at the GFT, as part of the Scottish Mental Health Festival

September 6th 2013 Alan Berliner is the guest of honor at The Quadrangle festival Screening "First Cousin Once Removed" at the opening

Sunday October 6th screening of "FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED" at the Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Rose St Glasgow Lanarkshire G3 6RB during The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

Saturday October 5th screening of "FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED" at the Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Rd Edinburgh EH3 9BZ during The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

Saturday October 3rd screening of "FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED" at Riverside Studios Crisp Road, Hammersmith, W6 9RL


Saturday September 7th screening of "FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED" at Cinema Oberdan during the festivaletteratura

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 7:00 pm Conversation with Alan Berliner followed by the "First Cousin Once Removed" film screening at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, New York

Sunday, May 19th, 2013: Screening "First Cousin Ones Removed" at Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, at the Guth Gafa Cinema at 7:45 PM, Malin Co. Donegal & City of Derry

May 2-11, 2013: "First Cousin Ones Removed" at The 15th Docaviv International Film Festival at Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2013: Screening "First Cousin Ones Removed" at Montclaire Film Festival, at the Clairidge Cinema 2 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 6, 2013: Screening "First Cousin Ones Removed" at Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, Washington DCJCC 1529 16th Street NW at Q Street Washington, DC

November 7th, 2012: Alan Berliner was invited to participate on a panel titled, "The Strange Science of Sleep and Dreams", where he presented clips from his film Wide Awake and discussed the inner dream world of the unconscious with an esteemed group of writers, scientists, and educators.

Saturday October 27th, 2012: Alan Berliner presented a selection of his films as part of "THE EXPERIMENT," a quarterly series examining the common ground between documentary and experimental/avant-garde cinema. 

October 6th, 2:00PM "Everywhere at Once" at the Exploratorium in San Francisco

August 5th, 2012: "The Family Album"is presented at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

May 24th, 2012: Alan Berliner in conversation with Jonathan Marc Sherman after the performance Knickerbocker. The Public Theater.

March 25th, 2012: Alan Berliner presented a Master Class at the NYU School of Journalism.

Alan Berliner presented his film, Nobody's Business as part of the Stranger Than Fiction Winter 2011 Season on Tuesday, February 8, at 8:00pm. The screening took place at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd Street.

Saturday, November 13th, 2010, 7:30pm: Alan Berliner presented at UnionDocs an evening of some of his rarely seen experimental short films, installation projects, collages, and a selection of other mixed-media specimens gathered from his extraordinary archive of images, sounds, and miscellaneous multi-media. Works (and works in progress) Playing With Fire, Exquisite Corps (2009), Playing God (2008), City Edition (2000), Late City Edition (1990), and Everywhere At Once (1985). Berliner also showed his recent 19 minute short film, Translating Edwin Honig: A Poet's Alzheimer's, which premiered last month at the New York Film Festival.

In conjunction with his weeklong visit to Colgate, two of Berliner's sound installation sculptures, Audiofile and The Red Thread will be on display in an exhibition entitled, re:sound at the Clifford Gallery on the Colgate University Campus, from March 30th through April 10th.

Alan Berliner has been invited to give a talk about his flms by the New York Chapter of The Producer's Guild of America. Details about this event, which will take place in November of 2009 will be available in the fall.

Alan Berliner has been invited to be Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Colgate University from March 30 - April 3, 2009. Berliner's residency at Colgate will include a film retrospective, with screenings open to the public. He will also conduct master classes in both Video Art and a seminar on Documentary Film.

Berliner has been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival. Berliner was a guest of the festival in August, 2007.

WIDE AWAKE was invited to the 11TH JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2007 / OCT 23-28 2007 in the Czech Republic.

Alan Berliner has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board for a large national project titled Jewish Home-Grown History: Immigration, Identity and Intermarriage, a new project of Labyrinth, a research initiative on interactive narrative and database documentaries at the University of Southern California.

Alan Berliner joined filmmakers Ralph Arlyck (Following Sean) and Anne Makepeace (Rain in a Dry Land; Baby, It's You) in a panel called 20 Years of P.O.V.: The Art of Personal Storytelling. The filmmakers screened clips from their work and were joined by executives from P.O.V. to discuss how the series and the independent documentary have evolved over twenty years.

On November 13th, 2007 (for the third consecutive year) students from Howard Besser’s NYU course, Introduction to Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, paid a class visit to Alan Berliner’s studio office in Tribeca. Berliner gave them a tour of his archive, discussed the past, present, and future of his collections, showed them clips from his work, and engagedin an ongoing dialogue about the role of memory (both personal and cultural) in his life and work.

Wide Awake received a special jury award from The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona during the 2nd 'Roman Gubern Film Essay Award Festival, whose aim is to foster the creation of a hybrid form of documentary that stimulates reflective thought on a topic through sound and pictures.

Alan Berliner was a guest of the 9th International Documentary Encounters, held in Bogota. Colombia from September 17th to the 23rd, 2007. He will be presenting a retrospective of his films, along with participating in forum discussions and filmmaking workshops. He will also be visiting Medellin during his visit to Columbia.

Alan Berliner will screen several of his films at the upcoming Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, this coming November. His work is being featured as part of this year’s festival theme, KIN FLICKS, which focuses on films that explore different representations of the family.

Alan Berliner was commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, to create a new interactive video installation for their upcoming exhibition In the Beginning, which is set to open in the spring of 2008. Based on the first chapter of Genesis, the exhibition will mark the completion and inauguration of the Museum’s dramatic new home, built in and around the historic Jessie Street Power Substation, and designed by world-renowned architect, Daniel Liebeskind.

Part game of chance, part cinematic toy, part visual Midrash, Berliner’s installation, (tentatively titled) Playing God will explore some of the literal, metaphorical and symbolic implications of the theological and existential issues posed by the first chapter of Genesis. More details to follow.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will welcome Alan Berliner to the Walter Reade Theater, Saturday, May 19, for two screenings of Wide Awake. Alan will introduce a 6:00 p.m. screening of the film. For the night-owl crowd, the Film Society will also show Wide Awake at 11:00 p.m. Following both screenings, Berliner will join the Film Society onstage to answer questions from the audience.


HBO will air WIDE AWAKE on TUESDAY, MAY 22 at 1:30am ET/PT) a "Night Owl Insomniac Special."

WIDE AWAKE will then receive its prime time broadcast premiere on HBO on WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 at 8:00pm (ET/PT)

Visit the HBO web page for Wide Awake.

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In January, Alan Berliner was invited to serve on the Documentary Film Jury at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Fellow jurors were Lewis Erskine, Lauren Greenfield, Julia Reichert and Carlos Sandoval.

In mid-February, Berliner received a selected retrospective of his films, including Nobody 's Business, The Sweetest Sound, and Wide Awake, at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. Following the screening on Sunday February 11, he was interviewed by Beth Accomando, Film Critic at KPBS.

On his way home from San Diego, Berliner flew to Lawrence, Kansas, where he was a guest artist at the University of Kansas. He lectured to film students at Oldfather Studios, (one of the largest soundstages in the midwest) in the afternoon, before screening NOBODY 'S BUSINESS in front of a packed house at the student union in the evening.

In late February, Alan Berliner will be a special guest at PUNTA DE VISTA, The International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, where he will show Wide Awake and present a Master Class exploring the ideas, themes and storytelling strategies that have characterized his work over the past two decades. While in Spain, Berliner will also travel to Madrid to present a Master Class at La Casa Encendida on March 1st, followed by a screening of Wide Awake.

Upcoming screenings of WIDE AWAKE this spring include The International Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City (FICCO), The Jacob Burns Film Center (Westchester Celebrates Jewish Films Series), Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival (Portugal), Reykjavik Documentary Workshop (Iceland) and the Sydney Film Festival (Australia).

WIDE AWAKE will receive its broadcast premiere on HBO in May of 2007. Exact dates and times will be posted shortly.

Here are some links to the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) website (Link #1, Link #2) with short video clips of Alan Berliner's visit to Amsterdam.

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, WIDE AWAKE went on to screen at the Berlin Film Festival, SXSW (Austin, TX), Florida Film Festival (Orlando), MIPDOC Conference (Cannes, France), Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, (NC), San Francisco International Film Festival, HOT DOCS (Toronto), Visions du Réel (Switzerland), Maryland Film Festival (Baltimore), and was the opening night film for the first ever Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival, held in Donegal, Ireland.

Summer screenings included the Nantucket Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and Dallas Video Festival.

Upcoming screenings this fall include the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, American Film Festival in Moscow, Flanders International Film Festival (Ghent, Belgium), Milwaukee International Film Festival, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Boston Jewish Film Festival, IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam), Washington DC Jewish Film Festival and Festival Dei Popoli (Florence, Italy).

WIDE AWAKE will be the opening night film for the "A Look Apart" section of the Flanders International Film Festival on October 12th in Gent, Belgium.

Alan Berliner has been invited as this year's "Meet the Master" special guest at IDFA, (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) in late November. His master-class presentation will explore the ideas, themes and storytelling strategies that have characterized his work over the past two decades. He has also been invited to present his top 10 favorite documentaries as a special program during the festival.

In March 2006, Alan Berliner received an International Trailblazer Award for creativity, innovation, originality and breakthrough in the field of documentary cinema.  Berliner was chosen to be the North American recipient of this award by the International Documentary Association.  It was presented at the 2006 MIPDOC Conference in Cannes, France.

In April, Alan was the chair of the Grand Prize Jury at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where he also interviewed Hollywood Director, Sidney Pollack onstage on opening night.  Pollack was on hand to present his first-ever documentary film, “Sketches of Frank Gehry.”

In May, while visiting San Francisco as a guest of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Alan made special guest artist presentations to the Documentary Studies MFA Colloquium at Stanford University, and to filmmaking students at San Francisco State University.

The Sleepless Archivist: An interview with Alan Berliner is the cover story for the May/June 2006 edition of “Release Print, the magazine of Film Arts Foundation, published in San Francisco.

Visual Thinking is a course taught by Alan Berliner for the NYU School of Journalism. It will be offered Fall Semester 2006.

Alan Berliner's new film WIDE AWAKE will premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, where it has been invited to the Documentary Film Competition. WIDE AWAKE has also been invited to the International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival, where it will have its international premiere in February. See Geoffrey Gilmore's review of WIDE AWAKE for the Sundance Film Festival catalogue. Go to the Sundance Website and follow the links to WIDE AWAKE.

A film that balances the precision of a Swiss watch with the messiness of a restless mind, WIDE AWAKE is filmmaker Alan Berliner 's uniquely personal tour through his life-long obsession with insomnia. 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. In many ways WIDE AWAKE is also a film about filmmaking. We see footage documenting the process of making WIDE AWAKE, including shots of Berliner recording narration, talking with his film crew, working at his desk and editing at his computer. There's even a raucously caffeinated tour of his studio, in which we begin to understand a lot more about Berliner's obsessions and how they serve him as a filmmaker. As the film progresses, Berliner reveals more and more about his secret life as a night owl, and we learn how he has turned the very obsessive energy that keeps him up at night into a source of fuel and inspiration for his creative work. The birth of his son Eli brings great joy, but also forces Berliner to re-think how he has been coping with his sleep problems; suddenly he is no longer just jet lagged in his own time zone, but now confronts the reality that he is living in a different time zone from his own family. Frustrated by the impact of his sleep problems on their marriage, his wife Shari issues an ultimatum that 'things have got to change.' Berliner is torn between the creative passion he derives from the night, and the emotional pulls of love and responsibility he feels for his family. There are no easy answers. By the end of WIDE AWAKE, viewers are sure to ponder not only whether Berliner can be cured by what he's learned about insomniax but with the stakes so high, whether he really wants to be. A film about obsession. About seeing in the dark. About the emotional tugs of love and family. About creativity itself. Portrait of an artist as insomniac.

Alan Berliner is hard at work on WIDE AWAKE, a personal experimental film exploring his lifelong struggle with insomnia and sleeplessness. Mixing a wide range of archival footage, consultations with several leading sleep experts, and interactions with family and friends, the film will balance an exploration of the science of sleep alongside a visceral and emotional journey through the pathos and problems that accompany sleeplessness.The film will be 90 minutes long and should be completed some time early next year.

Alan Berliner was a member of the documentary jury for the recently concluded 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.

Check out The Reasons of a Personal Cinema, a new interview from Spain in the Interview section of the Press and Publications page

Alan Berliner has been invited to premiere a new interactive piece for the internet titled, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT SOUND at during the month of November, 2003. is an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the Internet. Now in its second year, it has generated a long list of provocative pieces by a wide range of interesting media provocatuers.

Recent additions to this website include: Journal Entries from the making of Nobody's Business, film clips from The Sweetest Sound and a sample clip of Audiofile.

If you are interested in being an intern for Alan Berliner, please contact us. Berliner will be preparing a new body of audio sculptures this spring, and is looking for people with excellent computer, mechanical and electrical skills.

Alan Berliner will serve as a judge on the Documentary Film Jury at the 2003 Florida Film Festival, held from March 7th through 16th.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Festival De Creacion Audio Visual De Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, The Family Album, Intimate Stranger, Nobody's Business and The Sweetest Sound were translated into Spanish. Look for upcoming screenings throughout Spain in 2003.

There will be a retrospective of Alan Berliner's films at the Audiovisual Creation Festival de Navarre, held in Pamplona, Spain from November 12th through the 17th.

Alan Berliner will be teaching a course at The New School University in New York City this fall. The course, EXPERIMENTS IN TIME, LIGHT AND MOTION will be offered on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm beginning September 18, 2002, and runs for 13 weeks. Click here for a course description.

On Friday, September 27, 2002, Alan Berliner will give a lecture and film presentation to the symposium Orphans III, "Listening to Orphan Films," which will be held at the University of South Carolina from September 26-28, 2002.

The Media Arts Award was presented by Stuart Klawans, Film Critic for the The Nation at an awards ceremony held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Click here to read his acceptance speech.

On June 3, 2002, Alan Berliner received a Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in the Arts from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Whether you think of yourself as an insomniac, or someone who just doesn't need very much sleep, Alan Berliner is looking for people who have accepted their lack of sleep and the extra time that comes with it -- as a chance to be more creative, more productive, as a survival strategy for coping with insomnia or even as a lifestyle choice - to tell their stories in a new documentary film about sleep and the unique qualities of those who embrace the lack of it. Please contact:\

A CRITICAL CINEMA 5: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers, by Scott MacDonald. University of California Press, is available in bookstores.  It features interviews with 14 filmmakers including Alan Berliner.

THE MAN WITHOUT THE MOVIE CAMERA: The Cinema of Alan Berliner is a book about the films of Alan Berliner. Edited by Efrén Cuevas and Carlos Muguiro, the book contains critical essays, interviews, Alan Berliner's own writings and a complete filmography. Click here for more details.