Johnny Berlin will be airing this evening at 8pm on the Documentary Channel. The Documentary Channel is a channel that carries documentaries.
The film was directed by Dominic DeJoseph; executive-produced by Michael Stipe and Jim McKay; produced by Ted Green, and me. Stipe acquired fame and fortune by shouting non sequiturs at a rapid-fire pace. He could wear a paisley top hat to brunch without anyone really noticing.
The film will also air Sunday 6/24 at 8p and Wednesday 6/27 at 7p. It’s currently carried on these cable and satellite systems.
The trailer for Johnny Berlin is up on YouTube now. Contrary to what the trailer says, you can now purchase Johnny Berlin on Amazon.
The film was directed by Dominic DeJoseph; executive-produced by Jim McKay and REM’s Michael Stipe and produced by Ted Green and me.
Johnny Berlin, as I’ve mentioned before, is a one hour documentary about John Hyrns that should have been a two hour documentary about John Hyrns because two hour documentaries are more saleable to networks, whether they’re about John Hyrns or not.
“[John Hyrns] is at once fascinating and vaguely troubled.” – Variety
“…you don’t see many films like this and for doc lovers there’s something really different and enormously satisfying here… We love it.” – Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Australia
“…brings to mind echoes of the best work of Errol Morris and the Maysles Brothers… a little funny, a little sad and often terribly profound.” – The Documentary Channel
Special Director’s Award – Santa Cruz Film Festival
Johnny Berlin is a documentary about Jon Hyrns, a very amiable lost soul working as a porter on a train. It was directed by Dominic DeJoseph. It was exec-produced by Jim McKay and Michael Stipe. It was produced by Ted Green and Brian Sack, the same Brian Sack who me is.
For the record, if you ask Michael Stipe if he wants to do karaoke Michael will say no and suggest his dinner is getting colder by the second.
Johnny Berlin is a very enjoyable hour. Much more fun and relaxing than watching Obsession, the DVD about radical Islam that Glenn Beck convinced me to watch.
Johnny Berlin is now available on DVD. It would make a great stocking stuffer if you’d have bought it a week ago.
You can learn more about Johnny Berlin and see the trailer here.
We’re pleased to announce that the Johnny Berlin trailer is available via the miracle of podcasting – an exciting new technology that harnesses the mediocre talents of individuals in cyberspace and disperses them globally.
It is our belief that Johnny Berlin is far from mediocre, Variety having described the documentary as “A short, sharp profile of a man, at once fascinating and vaguely troubled… nearly-an-hour well spent.”
The film is directed by Dominic DeJoseph. The producers are Ted Green and yours truly. The film was exec-produced by Jim McKay and Michael Stipe, a man who gets to wear a leather cap at black tie events.
Johnny Berlin will also be screened in full at the upcoming Sarasota and Santa Cruz film festivals.
Please enjoy the trailer podcast while we determine if/when/how the full film will be distributed. Meanwhile, if you live in Sarasota or Santa Cruz make sure to check out the festivals before you move somewhere more metropolitan.
Many, many years ago – when Caitlin broke my heart in that terrible way teenage way girls do – I wept and wept and wept and wept and spent the summer trying to decipher the lyrics to Life’s Rich Pageant. Apparently I thought making sense of “Swan, Swan, H” would heal a broken-hearted me.
Little did I know that two decades later I’d be sharing a movie poster with the man who concocted those very lyrics. A man whose Christmas party I’d crashed twice.
Ladies and gentlemen, Michael Stipe made millions stringing random words together. Do you think he’d go wrong with a 56-minute documentary called Johnny Berlin? Of course not.
No doubt, you’re wondering what Johnny Berlin is, exactly.
Johnny Berlin is a refreshingly funny film directed by Dominic DeJoseph; executive-produced by Michael Stipe and Jim McKay; produced by Ted Green and Brian Sack, who is me.
Johnny Berlin is the true story of John Hyrns, a man who is real and real lost as people go – wandering from job to job, not really sure where life’s taking him. Intelligent, under-employed, somewhat abnormal. He’s an observer and commenter and an entertainer, but not really a do-er.
In a very nice review, Variety describes Johnny as “at once fascinating and vaguely troubled.” True, that.
We all know folks like Johnny. In this case, director Dominic DeJoseph happened to make a movie out of it.
Johnny Berlin is showing this Tuesday, January 3rd, 9pm at the Pioneer Theater in the Lower East Side of New York, NY. The city, not the casino.
We hope you live close enough to enjoy it. If not, we may screen it again. Or may not. It all depends on you, really.
Documentary (56 minutes)
Tuesday, January 3rd
Pioneer Theater, NYC
155 East 3rd Street/near Ave. A
Johnny Berlin website.
IMDB Listing for Johnny Berlin
The Pioneer Theater website.
Johnny Berlin Video Podcast (requires iTunes)
I humbly request that you attend the New York Television Festival screening of Johnny Berlin, a delightful film which features my name in the credits.
Even if my name were not in the credits I would urge you to see this film as it is unusual and entertaining. Much more entertaining than the “comedy” group I saw mocking D-Day casualties a few weeks ago in the Lower East Side.
If you live in New York it will be quite easy to attend the screenings since it is in New York and you live here. If you live elsewhere, please book a flight at your expense or try your hand at fractional jet ownership.
All that’s important is you attend the screening of Johnny Berlin, a refreshingly funny film directed by Dominic DeJoseph; executive-produced by Michael Stipe and Jim McKay; produced by Ted Green and most important to me, me.