Opening night of the 2014 Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
Featuring a post-film Q&A with director Brad Bernstein
"NYT CRITIC'S PICK! A captivating documentary.”– Andy Webster, New York Times
“Dazzling … engrossing.” – Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Easily the most wildly fascinating artist profiled in a documentary since Crumb." - Christopher Campbell, Movies.com
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man’s wild, lifelong adventure, continually pushing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. Ungerer is best known for scores of popular children’s books, but his diverse artistic portfolio makes him difficult to categorize. Over the years, controversial erotic art, iconic advertising campaigns and biting social commentary have all spilled from his pen. “Tomi influenced everybody,” says interviewee Maurice Sendak, yet the same factors that vaulted Ungerer to meteoric success – fearless creativity, absolute outspokenness, and fierce independence – also made him a lightning rod for controversy and the object of intense malice. Bernstein’s kinetic documentary combines traditional filmmaking with original animation from over 70 years’ worth of work from the renegade artist. The film ponders the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history.
(Dir. by Brad Bernstein, 2013, USA, 98 mins.,Not Rated , First Run Features) Digital