HUGH HEFNER'S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA
From Brigitte Berman, Oscar winning director of Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got (1985), comes this remarkable documentary of one of America’s most influential and controversial cultural icons, Hugh Hefner. In addition to its considered portrait of Hefner as a man of his times who also transcended them, this film features an incredible array of archival footage from Hugh Hefner's landmark TV series, Playboy's Penthouse (1959-1960) and Playboy After Dark (1968-1970). Amongst the martinis and bonhomie, Hefner’s shows offered urgent cultural and political commentaries from pop culture luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory, and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Hugh Hefner's After Dark was an Official Selection of the Telluride Film Festival, it won the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival, and it was featured at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. It was also selected as part of the official line-up for CANADA NOW 2019, a showcase of award-winning and critically acclaimed new feature films and documentaries from Canadian filmmakers.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany and educated in Canada, Brigitte Berman is one of Canada’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers, whose work spans film and television production. Her other films include The Circle Game (1994), Testing the Limits (1998), Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009), and The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent (2016).