robert berman

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“The more I thought, the more I felt like crying. Life seemed so sweet and so sad, and so hard to let go of in the end. But hey, man, every day is a brand new deal, right? Just keep on working and something’s bound to turn up.”

American Splendor (2003, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini)

cinematography by Terry Stacey

In the last few decades, there has been considerable discussion of a basic paradox in the construction of the universe as we know it. Why are the laws of physics exactly balanced for animal life to exist? For example, if the Big Bang had been one-part-in-a-million more powerful, it would have rushed out too fast for the galaxies and life to develop.

If the strong nuclear force were decreased 2 percent, atomic nuclei wouldn’t hold together, and plain-vanilla hydrogen would be the only kind of atom in the universe. If the gravitational force were decreased by a hair, stars (including the Sun) would not ignite.

These are just three of just more than two hundred physical parameters within the solar system and universe so exact that it strains credulity to propose that they are random—even if that is exactly what standard contemporary physics baldly suggests.

—  Bob Berman; Robert Lanza  Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
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Happy Labour Day!

10 Women Directed Films About the Workers & the Workforce

Blackboards | Samira Makhmalbaf | 2000
Clockwatchers | Jill Sprecher | 1997
Dance Girl Dance | Dorothy Arzner | 1940
The Governess | Sandra Goldbacher | 1998
Harlan County U.S.A. | Barbara Kopple | 1976
I Like It Like That | Darnell Martin | 1994
A League of Their Own | Penny Marshall | 1992
The Nanny Diaries | Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini | 2007
Zero Dark Thirty | Kathryn Bigelow | 2012
Zero Motivation | Talya Lavie | 2014

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Women directed August US releases

August 7
The Diary of a Teenage Girl  (Marielle Heller) - LIMITED
The Falling (Carol Morley) - LIMITED

August 14
Fort Tilden (Sarah Violet-Bliss & Charles Rogers) - LIMITED +VOD
Ten Thousand Saints (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini) - LIMITED

August 18
6 Years (Hannah Fidell) - LIMITED + VOD
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) - LIMITED

August 25
The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) - LIMITED

August 28
Zipper (Mora Stephens) - LIMITED + VOD

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Happy 4th of July! Celebrate U.S. Independence Day with:

10 American Road Movies Directed by Women

Crossroads dir. Tamra Davis
Farah Goes Bang dir. Meena Menon
The Guilt Trip dir. Anne Fletcher
The Hitch-hiker dir. Ida Lupino
Little Miss Sunshine dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Manny & Lo dir. Lisa Krueger
River of Grass dir. Kelly Reichardt
The Road Within dir. Gren Wells
Wanda dir. Barbara Loden
Wanderlust dir. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini

Films Directed by Women Released in the US in 2015

January 

Little Accidents (Sara Coangelo)
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) 
Above and Beyond (Roberta Grossman)
Girlhood (Céline Sciamma) 
Song One (Kate Barkery-Froyland)
Veronika Decides To Die (Emily Young)
1971 (Johanna Hamilton)

February 

Jupiter Ascending (Lana & Andy Wachowski)
The Voices (Marjane Satrapi) 
50 Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson) 
McFarland USA (Niki Caro)
Farewell to Hollywood (Regina Nicholson & Henry Corra) 
Ana Maria in Novela Land (Georgina Riedel) 
My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (Liv Corfixen)
Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (Michele Josue)
52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde)
The Lesson (Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov)
Treading Water (Analeine Cal y Mayor)
Somewhere Only We Know (Jinglei Xu)    

March 

October Gale (Ruba Nadda)
Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank (Michael Chandler & Sheila Canavan)
Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner) 
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Shlomi Elkabetz & Ronit Elkabetz) 
Serena (Susanne Bier)
The Riot Club (Lone Scherfig) 
A Girl Like Her (Amy S. Weber) 
She’s Lost Control (Anja Marquardt)

April 

Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon)
The Sisterhood of Night (Caryn Waechter) 
The Road Within (Gren Wells) 
Just Before I Go (Courteney Cox)

May 

Ride (Helen Hunt) 
Welcome to Me (Shira Piven)
Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher) 
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) 
Ever Secret Thing (Amy J. Berg)
One Cut, One Life (Lucia Small & Ed Pincus) 
Aloft (Claudia Llosa)
Sunshine Superman (Marah Strauch)
Gemma Bovery (Anne Fontaine)
I Believe in Unicorns (Leah Meyerhoff)
Something Better to Come (Hanna Polak)
Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (Belinda Sallin)

June 

An Open Secret (Amy Berg) 
Dil Dhadakne Do (Zoya Akhtar) 
Madame Bovary (Sophie Barthes) 
The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle) 
Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve) 
Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes)
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (Dana Nachman) 
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus)
Advantageous (Jennifer Phang)
The Midnight Swim (Sarah Adina Smith)
Runoff (Kimberly Levin)

July 

Jackie & Ryan (Ami Canaan Mann) 
Strangerland (Kim Farrant) 
A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (Sophie Deraspe) 
Unexpected (Kris Swanberg) 
Jenny’s Wedding (Mary Agnes Donoghue)
Meet Me in Montenegro (Alex Holdridge & Linnea Saasen) 
Stray Dog (Debra Granik)

August 

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller) 
The Falling (Carol Morley) 
Fort Tilden (Sarah Violet-Bliss & Charles Rogers) 
Ten Thousand Saints (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini) 
6 Years (Hannah Fidell) 
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) 
The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert)
Zipper (Mora Stephens) 
Meru (Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)

September 

Breathe (Mélanie Laurent) 
Paul Taylor: Creative Domain (Kate Geis) 
Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland) 
Prophet’s Prey (Amy Berg) 
The Intern (Nancy Meyers)
Mississippi Grind (Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden) 
Misunderstood (Asia Argento) 

October 

Big Stone Gap (Adriana Trigiani) 
In My Father’s House (Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg) 
Suffragette (Sarah Gavron) 
The Armor of Light (Abigail Disney) 
Sex Death and Bowling (Abby Walker) 
The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher) 
Addicted to Fresno (Jamie Babbit)

November 

Miss You Already (Catherine Hardwicke)
Suffragette (Sarah Gavron)
The 33 (Patricia Riggen)
Ayanda (Sara Blecher)
By the Sea (Angelina Jolie Pitt)
Love the Coopers (Jessie Nelson)
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
#Horror (Tara Subkoff)
The Summer Of Sangaile (Alanté Kavaïté)
Janis: Little Girl Blue (Amy Berg) 
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (Lisa Immordino Vreeland)
Sand Dollars (Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán)
Very Semi-Serious (Leah Wolchok)

December

Imba Means Sing (Danielle Bernstein) 
Bleeding Heart (Diane Bell) 
The Girl in the Book (Marya Cohn)

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Happy 20th Birthday Voyager!

On January 16, 1995 Star Trek: Voyager premiered!

Ha! I get to make an edit - I had down 1996 and not 1995! Clearly this celebration is making me feel older than I should feel, so I’m in denial.
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Marc Fichou, Plastron, 2010

Asa Butterfield - Rising Star Award

Asa Butterfield first made headlines with his performance in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” for which he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in an International Feature Film. He went on to star in Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” to outstanding reviews; the film was nominated for, and won, five Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards. Butterfield also won the 2012 Breakthrough Award at the Young Hollywood Awards. He was last seen on the screen in the role of Ender in Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s “Ender’s Game” franchise, based on the award-winning book and again received rave reviews. Butterfield recently wrapped filming on “Ten Thousand Saints” in the co-lead role of Jude, co-starring opposite Ethan Hawke, with Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini directing. He will next appear in the starring role of Nathan in Origin Pictures’ “X + Y,” which will screen at the Toronto Film Festival and London Film Festival. The film is directed by BAFTA Award-winning director Morgan Matthews.