Competition Documentary Features
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
DIRECTED BY BRAD BERNSTEIN
USA, 2012, 98 MIN
IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
His bondage drawings from the 1960s could illustrate Fifty Shades of Grey but he’s best known for his stories about Flat Stanley and a flying kangaroo. Tomi Ungerer was once an icon for a whole generation of revolutionary children’s book illustrators, including Maurice Sendak. This film (featuring one of Sendak’s last interviews) takes us into the hidden world of an artist whose career defies easy description and was filled with fearless creativity, absolute outspokenness, and fierce independence. Rejected by the publishing industry and shunned by educators, Ungerer fled to Ireland and initially refused to talk about his experiences. But director Brad Bernstein coaxes this visionary artist into the light. Original animation brings over 70 years of Ungerer’s charming and erotic drawings to life the way his critics could never have imagined in this fascinating, innovative, and thoroughly entertaining portrait of a great artist and cultural force.
DIRECTED BY DUSTIN GRELLA
USA, 2012, 5.5 MIN
Voicemails inspire an artist to illustrate the meaning of art, time, dreams, and addictions.
Photo credits: Corner of the Cave Media / Photography by Sam Norval