FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY

By Brad Bernstein

FILMPRO FINANCE - as CONS

Documentary - Completed 2012

One man’s wild, lifelong adventure testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 90-minute feature combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from Tomi Ungerer, the renegade children's author and illustrator.

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Sao Paulo IFF 2012
New Directors Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Brad Bernstein
    • Synopsis
    • Coming of age under the German occupation of France in World War II, Tomi Ungerer produced some of the most iconic imagery of the 1960s and ‘70s influencing the works of Maurice Sendak and inspiring Where the Wild Things Are. From his striking visual commentaries protesting American involvement in Vietnam to the many beloved characters of his children’s books, he is admired worldwide for his storytelling abilities, the influence his work has had on a variety of art forms, and for his contribution to children’s literature. “No one, I dare say, no one was as original,” Maurice Sendak said of him. “Tomi influenced everybody.” Yet the same factors that vaulted him to meteoric success – his fearlessness in taking creative risks, the insistence on absolute outspokenness, and his fierce independence – also made him a lightning rod for controversy and the object of intense malice from those who had previously supported him. Far Out Isn't Enough is the compelling story of an artist who creates boundary-exploring erotica and provocative political art, while penning best-selling children’s literature with mischievous wit and childlike innocence.
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