Nov. 19, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, creators of the `rockumentary,' will give the talk, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Student Lectureship Committee.

As part of their visit to Bucknell, the documentary filmmakers will participate in a question-and-answer session Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center, and will be available to sign books immediate following the lecture.

In addition, their film, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," will be shown free of charge several times before the lecture. The schedule is: Sunday, Nov. 21, beginning at noon in the Bison, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center; Monday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center; and Monday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center, located on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

Directors Berlinger and Sinofsky have received worldwide critical acclaim and several awards for their documentary films Brother's Keeper and Paradise Lost including the "Best Director" award from The Director's Guild of America, the 1992 New York Film Critics Circle Award, the "Audience Award" at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, a Primetime Emmy, the National Board of Reviews 1996 "Best Documentary" award, and a Peabody Award.

Their most recent artistic endeavor, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," is a glimpse into the struggles of the most popular band in the history of rock. Described as "a psychodrama of novelistic intricacy and epic scope" by the New York Times, the film follows Metallica's personal and professional struggles over a two and a half year period as they work to create their Grammy Award-winning album, St. Anger.

According to The Washington Post, "By the end of this absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining ride … the musicians have revealed themselves not as a bunch of posers but as surprisingly intelligent and appealing middle-aged businessmen and fathers, who also happen to be incredibly gifted musicians."

"This semester's lecture was chosen not only for its appeal to a variety of arts, including filmmaking, music creation, and music production, but also because of its message of dealing with problems in a positive and productive manner through honesty and communication," said Amanda Forsburg, chair of the Bucknell Student Lectureship Committee.

"During the Q&A session, the directors will discuss their art, their encounters with the band, and their own personal experiences while making the documentary. These gifted filmmakers will share their story of the unforeseen journey through the labyrinth of human relationships and the powerful creative spirit that drives us to release and heal," she said.

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