Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
Directed by Brad Bernstein
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Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This documentary film combines traditional storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children’s book author and illustrator, political provocateur, and master of erotica. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough explores the circumstances of his meteoric rise and fall on American soil, but also delves into Ungerer’s formative years leading up to, and prolific years since, his time in America.
Tomi Ungerer is recognized worldwide for his contributions to children’s literature and the influence his work has had on a variety of art forms and subject matters, including illustration, political art and erotica. “No one, I dare say, no one was as original,” Maurice Sendak said. “Tomi influenced everybody.” Yet the same factors that vaulted him to meteoric success – his fearlessness, charisma, and tenacious independence – also made him a lightning rod for controversy and the object of intense malice. Once the most famous children’s book author in America, Tomi Ungerer became persona non grata in this country, exiled to the professional abyss and forgotten by readers, his most recognized books out of print. Until now.
Brad Bernstein has spent the last twelve years in long-form documentary production. He is currently Supervising Producer on a new six-part documentary series entitled “Saved” for Animal Planet. Most recently, he wrote and produced his fourth episode of VH1’s Emmy Award winning series Behind The Music, focusing on the rapper and actress, Eve. He is also currently Supervising Producer on RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music, an ongoing 8-part documentary series shot in high-definition that traces America’s history since Thomas Edison invented the first sound recording device in 1877 to the Internet. Interviewees for RECORDING include the elusive Phil Spector, Harry Belafonte, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Norah Jones, Pete Seeger, Chuck D, Herbie Hancock, Les Paul, Dave Brubeck and Flea, to name a few. The Executive Producers include Impresario Quincy Jones and record producer Phil Ramone.
Bernstein was Coordinating Producer on ESPN’s highly acclaimed documentary series Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football, a 10-hour production narrated by Burt Reynolds; was writer and producer on VH1’s Emmy Award-winning series Behind The Music and on Driven, VH1’s other doc series; In Focus, a 36-part Fox Sports documentary series hosted by esteemed broadcaster Dick Enberg; Between the Lines, a four-hour original series for A&E hosted by Robert Downey, Jr. that featured President Jimmy Carter, Priscilla Presley, Martin Sheen and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and MSG Profiles, an 8-part biography series on the New York Knicks and Rangers.