The Flaherty NYC screenings have been among the more consistently satisfying experimental nonfiction events going since the series began last October. Each one's been a unique oddity unto itself, and though I haven't see Johnny Berlin, from all accounts its sequel should be quite the ride. Info below.
Monday, May 11, 7:30 pm
Flaherty NYC will present Johnny Berlin 2; Notes from the Dumpster. Director Dominic DeJoseph will be participating in a post-screening discussion moderated by Ingrid Kopp of Shooting People. He will also be giving away free prizes to a few lucky audience members!
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.flahertyseminar.org.
Sarasota Film Festival describes Johnny Berlin 2: Notes from the Dumpster as a "brilliantly funny and wise monologue-as-portrait of a unique American thinker."
The film is a follow up to the critically acclaimed Johnny Berlin, executive produced by Jim McKay and Michael Stipe, which follows quick tongued, eccentric 40-something John Hyrns whose job as a porter on a dying breed of luxury train endowed him with his nickname, Johnny Berlin. Eddie Cockrell of Variety described the film as a "short, sharp profile of a man at once fascinating and vaguely troubled."
Films to be screened:
Johnny Berlin 2; Notes from the Dumpster (2008, 70 min, USA)
When we last left Johnny, a train porter with dreams of writing the great American novel, he was headed to Southeast Asia in search of deeper truths. Named after Notes from the Underground, one of Johnny's favorite novels, the film finds him lying in a hotel room bed, talking about how he gambled away almost all of the money he had saved for his trip while working on the train, ending up destitute in Phnom Penh. Filled with profundity, existential crises and personal anecdotes, Johnny Berlin 2 is the continuing saga of an oddball's mid-life crisis.
General admission tickets to the Flaherty NYC series at the Anthology Film Archives are $9. Tickets are $7.00 for IFP members, NALIP members, and students with valid I.D., and $6 for Anthology Members.
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE. You can also purchase tickets at the Anthology box office the day of the show. For more information, call the Flaherty at 212-448-0457.
Anthology Film Archives is located in the old Second Avenue Courthouse building in the East Village at 32 Second Ave. at the corner of 2nd Street.
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