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Director Robert Berger spoke to me about his new film "Charlie Victor Romeo" on the Red Carpet at the Hampton Interntional Film Festival.
The synopsis involves dialogue taken from actual black box transcripts of six real-life major airline emergencies, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO is a haunting, riveting theatrical experience superbly translated to film by directors Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, and Karlyn Michelson. Started on stage in 1999 at the Collective: Unconscious Theater on the Lower East Side, this compelling, almost experimental piece recreates the tense cockpit scenes word-for-word based on the CVR, or Cockpit Voice Recorder. With unsparing truthfulness, the film has been embraced by the aviation community and used as a training video for pilots. It is truly unique cinema, stretching the boundaries of film, theater, and the traditional documentary.
Robert Berger is a founding member of the Collective: Unconscious (C:U) performance space in NYC and has served as technical director and new media director. Berger worked for CNN in New York as a studio engineer and field cameraman before leaving to pursue a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications at NYU. He now works developing/deploying robotic systems to migrate the content locked on magnetic tape based media to archive quality digital files. These systems are used by libraries and archives to insure the preservation and access of our audio/visual heritage.
Patrick Daniels has been performing, directing, and producing theater in NYC since 1994 with Collective: Unconscious and other performance groups, including East River Commedia, and the Institute For Aesthetic Modulation. He has performed and directed at P.S. 122, HERE Arts, Theater for the New City, the Knitting Factory and Charas El/Bohio. Daniels curated an outdoor film and video screening for the NYC Fringe Festival. Daniels received a BFA in Theater Arts from SUNY Purchase College.
Karlyn Michelson is an Emmy award-winning multimedia storyteller and video journalist. Her documentary work has aired on PBS and HBO and screened at dozens of film festivals worldwide. Michelson has also produced, directed, shot, and edited news segments and multimedia pieces for a multitude of media outlets, including Time Magazine and Turkish Public Television. For more info please visit http://charlievictorromeo.com/
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