Letter to the Editor
Country: United States
Running Time: 88min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Films, Special Gems, Documentary Achievement Award
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For 40 years, filmmaker Alan Berliner has clipped out from the pages of The New York Times photos that caught his eye, keeping them meticulously filed and cross-indexed as a self-appointed archivist and librarian. Driven by his obsession, Berliner has completed the work of nearly a lifetime, transforming and reinterpreting his collection of images into a statement about the nature of humankind.
Letter to the Editor is a filmic essay with multiple themes and a stunning array of thousands of photographs from Berliner’s collection. This film delivers poignant reflections on the power of photography, the importance of print publications, and what it means when technology brings a dramatic change to century-old traditions.
Berliner narrates his exploration with humor and insight. The flow of images pays homage to the ability of photo journalism to capture the scope of human experience from war to whimsy. The span of his archive, starting in the late-’70s, chronicles the small and large changes that the world has undergone. Every picture tells a story and Berliner weaves them into a profound tapestry. At a time when it seems inevitable for the daily print newspaper to go extinct, this documentary “letter” is a clarion call to recognize what’s at stake. – Written by Thom Powers, reprinted courtesy of TIFF
This screening is dedicated to Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown. Please support independent journalism with your subscription dollars!
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Director: Alan Berliner
Producer: Alan Berliner
Screenwriter: Alan Berliner
Production Company: Experiments in Time, Light & Motion, HBO
Editor: Alan Berliner