Oscar-winning alumna nominated for NAACP award
Queen’s alumna Brigitte Berman’s documentary about the life of Hugh Hefner has been nominated for an award by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, released in 2010, is a contender for an NAACP Image Award in the outstanding documentary category.
The documentary takes an intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire, exploring Hefner’s many battles with government, religious leaders, and political activists.
Ms Berman won an Academy Award for her 1985 documentary, “Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got”, a biography of the big band era clarinet player. Mr. Hefner contacted the director after seeing the documentary about one of his favourite musicians.
She became fascinated with the publishing and entertainment magnate, and decided to make a documentary about Mr. Hefner after attending his 80th birthday party at the Playboy Mansion. Even with Mr. Hefner’s full participation, including opening his personal archives to the director, Ms Berman maintained creative and editorial freedom over the film.
Ms Berman, Arts’71, Ed’72, returns to her alma mater on January 19 to host a screening of the film. The evening will also feature a Q&A session with Ms Berman and the film’s producer Victor Solnicki. While back on campus, Ms Berman will also discuss her work with Queen’s students at a documentary film class.
The Kingston screening is being presented by the Kingston Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association.
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The 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards will be handed out March 4.