BANG! The Bert Berns Story


Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 6:15 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Thu, Oct 13, 2016 8:45 PM
Film Info
Running Time:95 min.
Director:Brett Berns
Bob Sarles
Producer:Michael B. Bororfsky
Brooks Arthur
Screenwriter:Joel Selvin
Cinematographer:Gil Gilbert
Aaron Medick
Editor:Bob Sarles
Print Source:HCTN
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


Pop music pop quiz: Who wrote “Piece of My Heart,” co-wrote “Twist and Shout,” produced “Under the Boardwalk,” and hired a young Jimmy Page as a session guitarist? If you don’t know, you need to see BANG! The Bert Berns Story. Berns was “the white soul brother,” a prolific songwriter and staff producer at Atlantic Records in the 1960s. He befriended mobsters, lived in a penthouse with a gigantic Great Dane, and later founded his own label, all before his early death at 37. BANG hurtles through Berns’ life and whirlwind career as quickly as his records raced up the charts; his achievements, quirks, and foibles recounted fondly by friends and family, Brill Building contemporaries, and the artists he fostered. MVFF alumnus filmmaker Bob Sarles (Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield, MVFF 2013) and Berns’ son Brett have crafted a thoroughly enjoyable portrait of a behind-the-scenes artist and an essential documentary for music lovers.

Guests in attendance 10/11 & 10/13: Bob Sarles & Brett Berns (co-directors)

Tickets for the Bert Berns Tribute at Sweetwater on 10/11 sold separately. Click here to purchase.

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Additional Information

Bob Sarles is an Emmy® nominated film + television editor and filmmaker who has produced and directed a number of music documentary projects including Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield, Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Era, Fly Jefferson Airplane, and John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me. 

Brett Berns, son of legendary songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, has devoted much of his life to raising awareness of his late father's legacy. He spent eight years producing Bang! The Bert Berns Story and is currently producing a Broadway bound musical based on his father’s life and career.