Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
Director Brad Bernstein scheduled to attend | May 30
A smattering of 20th century history and original animation illuminate the story of Tomi Ungerer, whose children’s books, provocative political art, and erotica are all served with a dose of dark humor, hilarious frankness, and memories of Nazi occupation.
May 30, 2013
|9:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
June 3, 2013
|9:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Armed with just sixty dollars, an innate artistic ability, and his revolutionary attitude, 24-year-old Tomi Ungerer found himself on his way to America after coping with the loss of his father and the aftermath of a childhood under Nazi rule. Eventually landing a job as an ad illustrator, he quickly realized success in many different illustration fields but found his greatest joy to be children's literature. However, his powerful anti-war posters and his sexually explicit erotica led to him becoming an outcast. Detailing the evolution of Ungerer from Hitler youth to ad-man to the beloved, award-winning children's book author, Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story explores Ungerer's life-long testing of societal boundaries. This thoughtful depiction of Ungerer's journey by director Brad Bernstein uses a mix of candid conversations with Ungerer, archival footage, absurd animation, and interviews with Ungerer's peers, including Maurice Sendak and Jules Feiffer to illustrate the root of the peculiar artist's popularity and eventual disappearance from the scene. Highlighting Ungerer's empathy for all people and great love of the ambiguity between what is declared good and evil, Far Out Isn't Far Enough will leave you with an admiration for Ungerer's constant rebellion and a fresh appreciation of the beauty of human eccentricity.
Brad Bernstein has written, directed, and produced many works that focus on the life of musical and artistic leaders, previously working onSaved, MSG Profiles, and Behind the Music. Bernstein is currently Director of Real Change: Artists for Education a CBS television special and also Jazz and the Philharmonic which will air on PBS in January, 2014.
Sponsored in part by Seattle Weekly
|Principal Cast:||Tomi Ungerer, Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer, Steven Heller, Michael Patrick Hearn|
|Running Time:||98 minutes|
|Awards:||Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 (John Schlesinger Award, Honorable Mention); Warsaw International Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|US Distributor:||First Run Features|
|International Sales:||Le Pacte|