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FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014

Time: 7PM

Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Details: 78 min, USA, 2013

Filmmaker(s): Alan Berliner

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Synopsis: 

A distinguished poet, translator, critic and teacher, Edwin Honig wrote dozens of books and poems that attracted critical praise around the world. His seminal translations awakened English-speaking readers to previously overlooked literary giants, resulting in honorary knighthoods from the king of Spain and the president of Portugal.

In FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner paints a deeply personal portrait of his “good friend, cousin and mentor” as Honig journeys through the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. A stark reminder of the profound role memory plays in everyone’s life, this is a moving essay on the fragility of being human.

Filmmaker Alan Berliner will attend in person for Q&A moderated by Erin Trahan, film journalist and editor of The Independent. 

Filmmaker bio:

Alan Berliner’s uncanny ability to combine experimental cinema, artistic purpose, and popular appeal in compelling film essays has made him one of America’s most acclaimed independent filmmakers. Recipient of three Emmy Awards, Berliner has had retrospectives of his films staged at both the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York. In addition to his work in film, Berliner has also produced a large body of audio/video installation work. A native New Yorker, Berliner is currently a faculty member at the New School for Social Research.

Op-Doc Shorts:

In collaboration with The New York Times, The DocYard will theatrically present one Op-Doc short prior to this feature screening. Op-Docs is the editorial department’s forum for short opinion-driven documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude by independent filmmakers, featuring thoughtful and outspoken commentary on issues big and small. Since launching in November 2011, the series is approaching its 100th Op-Doc. Curated by the Op-Docs Series Producer Jason Spingarn-Koff and The DocYard programmers.