| Alan Berliner's
uncanny ability to combine experimental cinema, artistic purpose and
popular appeal into compelling film essays has made him one of America's
most acclaimed independent filmmakers. The New York Times has
described Berliner's work as "powerful, compelling and bittersweet...
full of juicy conflict and contradiction, innovative in their cinematic
technique, unpredictable in their structures... Alan Berliner illustrates
the power of fine art to transform life."
Berliner's award-winning experimental documentary films, THE SWEETEST
SOUND (2001), NOBODY'S BUSINESS (1996), INTIMATE STRANGER (1991),
and THE FAMILY ALBUM (1986), have been broadcast all over the world,
and have received awards and prizes at many major international film
festivals. Retrospectives of his films have been presented at the
Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
and at film festivals from Norway, Finland and England to Spain, Argentina
and Brazil. His films are in the permanent collections of many film
societies, festivals, libraries, colleges and museums.
A recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Jerome Foundation Fellowships,
Berliner has received multiple grants from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA and
in 1998, won his third career Emmy Award (he has also received six
nominations) from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He was also the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from
the International Documentary Association in 1993, and was honored
with a "Storyteller Award" from the 2001 Taos Talking Picture Film
Festival. He received a "Cultural Achievement Award in the Arts" from
the National Foundation For Jewish Culture in 2002.
In addition to his work in film, Berliner has also produced a substantial
body of photographic, audio and video installation works. In 2002,
he was an artist in residence at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis,
where he premiered an interactive multi-media installation, The
Language of Names. His interactive video installation, GATHERING
STONES, was commissioned for the exhibition, To The Rescue, Eight
Artists in an Archive, which premiered at the International Center
of Photography in New York City in February, 1999, and traveled to
Miami, Houston and San Francisco. It was re-commissioned for the Holocaust
Museum, Houston in 2002.
Berliner was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and lives in Manhattan.
He is currently a faculty member at the New School for Social Research
in New York City, where he teaches a course entitled, "Experiments
in Time, Light and Motion."
THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT SOUND