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Speakeasy Cinema – NYFF Edition: Guest Host Bob Berger – Saturday September 21st at 7pm

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2013 at 1:30 am

Bob Berger

From SPEAKEASY CINEMA creator and host Matt Kohn:

This month’s guest at Speakeasy Cinema is Bob Berger. Bob directed Charlie Victor Romeo. In January, CVR was the first 3-D narrative feature film at Sundance. On September 28th, CVR will have it’s NYC Premiere at the New York Film Festival.


So, we’re going to celebrate with a special Saturday evening Speakeasy Cinema. Bob is going to bring a film that will knock your socks off.  Come prepared for something impossible to find elsewhere. This is why we are underground.


See you SATURDAY September 21, 7 PM




Our location: Page 22 Studio, a workplace for emerging and established Writers, Directors, and Actors, dedicated to the spirit of Geraldine Page.

The address is 435 W. 22nd St, 2nd Floor, NY NY 10011.

The cost will be a donation ($5 suggested).

Please bring drinks you consume responsibly. This particular film will have our first drinking game!

The screening begins at 7 PM.

SPEAKEASY CINEMA is created, produced and hosted by Matt Kohn, Director of CALL IT DEMOCRACY and THE MANUTE BOL SUDAN FILM PROJECT


Bob Berger is a founding member of the Collective: Unconscious (C:U) performance space in NYC and has served as Technical Director and New Media Director.  Before creating Charlie Victor Romeo, Bob was one of the original creators, writers, producers and directors of the long running serial play Manifestations, which had five successful six/ten-month seasons amounting to over 40 separate episodes and over 150 performances. Berger worked for CNN in New York as a Studio Engineer and Field Cameraman before leaving to pursue a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunications at NYU. He now works developing/deploying robotic systems to migrate the content locked on magnetic tape based media to archive quality digital files. These systems are used by libraries and archives to insure the preservation and access of our audio/visual heritage.






If you’re new to this list, I created and hosted the independent and underground movie screening series Speakeasy Cinema. Between 2006 and 2009 it was housed at the Collective Unconscious and then Soho House. Every month Speakeasy Cinema featured at least one guest who choose an exciting, controversial movie they would like an audience to discuss. However, before the screening no one in the audience knew what they were coming to see. After the film was screened, the audience participated in conversation, with only one purpose: what did you see? What did it mean to you? How did it make you feel?


In the Spring 2013 Season Tony Torn brought PERFORMANCE, Kim Jackson brought F IS FOR FAKE, Alix Lambert brought DEATH BY HANGING  and Miao Wang brought WOMAN IN THE DUNES. Previous seasons’ guests included Tom Gilroy, Peter Mattai, Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, Jem Cohen, Norman Spinrad, Debra Eisenstadt, Josh Gilbert, Nelson Cabrera, Pedro Carvajal, Signe Baumane, Jonthan Stern, Robert Milazzo, Michael Badalucco, Joe Maggio, The Zuvuya Collective, Avram Ludwig, Ian Olds, Ira Sachs and Scott Saunders. Every single conversation they inspired was a success because the films they brought are off the beaten path and worthy of our time. We screened AMERICAN JOB, SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, BONE, BLOOD OF THE BEASTS and PSYCH-OUT, DAY OF THE LOCUSTS, “Films Rescued from Fire (of Chilian censors)”, TOGETHER (TILLSAMMANS), SECUESTRO EXPRESS, SEVENTEEN, TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942 version), MICKY AND MAUDE, 13 TSAMETI, and “A Short Film About Killing” from Krzysztof Kieslowski’s DEKALOG,VIVA ZAPATA!, COME AND SEE, PSYCHOSYMBIOTAXIPLASM, and SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS. (Stesti). Many of our conversations took us out of the theater and into nearby bars and restaurants.


As attendees of any experience, our schedules have become more programed, our plans more specific to what we think we want or don’t want. Speakeasy Cinema returns becaase movies were also meant to be enjoyed as an intellectual and emotional surprise and with friends, lovers, family members, dates, strangers or even someone else’s teenager.


Speakeasy Cinema has a few rules:


1) our guests bring a film and no one one knows what it is until the lights dim

2) the film can’t be a film the guests have worked on, only a film they love or hate, think is important, inspiring and want to talk about

3) after the film, the audiences and the filmmakers share their experiences watching the film. We talk about ART.

4) industry talk is verboten!

5) we can drink in this theater, so bring a bottle – we provide the corkscrew

6) we do it the third Sunday evening of each month (NOT THIS MONTH)

7) we don’t don’t show documentaries, whatever documentaries are

8) photographs are OK, but no audio or video records of what you say or think. What’s spoken about at Speakeasy Cinema stays at Speakeasy Cinema. END OF STORY.

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