Bert Stern: Original Madman

Bert Stern: Original Madman

Bert Stern photographs Suzie Parker in New York City, as seen in BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN, a film by Shannah Laumeister. A First Run Features release. © Bert Stern Studios, 1955.

Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013)

Opened: 04/05/2013 Limited

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated


Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is a revealing look at the career of original "bad-boy" photographer and cultural icon Bert Stern. After working alongside Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine, Stern became an original Madison Avenue "mad man", his images helping to create modern advertising as well as mint the concept of photographer as "star." From his meteoric rise during the "Golden Age of Advertising" to photographing the world's most alluring women in fashion and Hollywood -- including Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Liz Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe -- it seemed Stern could do no wrong, until a dramatic fall from grace. Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is a story of self-creation; rise, fall and reinvention. It explores creativity, celebrity, and desire through the eyes of a man who got everything he wanted. Almost.

Filmmaker Biographies

Shannah Laumeister (Director / Producer)

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man marks Shannah's first feature documentary. Ms. Laumeister's acting credits include Bullets Over Broadway, The Brady Bunch, Nobody's Fool, and Diamond Man. Her television credits include NYPD Blue and the HBO Film 61, directed by Billy Crystal. A published poet, her first book of poetry is titled Two Women.

She has performed in three Off-Broadway shows, many small theatrical productions, and wrote and starred in her own one-woman poetry based show, Below Sunset, produced by Harvey Keitel. The New York production of Below Sunset was directed by Terry George and produced by Keitel at Theaters EST and The Belt Unbuckled. Shannah has been a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective for over ten years. Laumeister previously wrote and directed the short film, No Destination, starring Oscar nominee John Savage. The film premiered at The Method Fest and was described by critic Richard Kaplan: "The direction is intuitively raw like something approaching the echelon of what a female counterpart to a Quentin Tarantino would create."

Gregory McClatchy (Producer)

Coming from the photojournalism world, McClatchy began his entertainment marketing career producing and editing advertising materials for Kaleidoscope Films Inc., at the time one of the most prolific motion picture marketing agency in Hollywood. He also produced and edited Terror in the Aisles, a documentary on suspense and horror films released theatrically by Universal Pictures. Greg left Kaleidoscope to found his own Motion picture advertising company, GMF. He also produced with Andrew Kuehn, (the founder of Kaleidoscope) the documentary Get Bruce, released by Miramax pictures.

"Working in motion picture advertising has allowed me to work with a highly talented and diverse group of filmmakers including Jodie Foster, Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Robert Zemeckis, Patty Jenkins, Sidney Pollack, Gregg Araki, Forest Whittaker, Warren Beatty, Caleb Deschanel and many more. I'm eternally grateful for this kind of unique education," says Greg. In 1998, News Corporation purchased GMF, moving it onto the Twentieth Century Fox lot as its in-house Creative Advertising AV unit. McClatchy functioned as Senior Vice President of Creative Advertising overseeing audio/visual and print campaigns for over 30 Twentieth Century Fox domestic releases.

PIC, ( the graphics and design company, has led to a variety of assignments including main title design and special graphic content for the documentaries Fuel and Bhutto. Main title design includes Ghost Rider, State of Play, The Bourne Ultimatum, Twilight, Surrogates, The Kingdom, Sex and the City, Couples Retreat and Killers.

Jeff Werner (Co-Executive Producer / Supervising Editor)

Jeff Werner is an award-winning director and editor of documentaries, feature films and motion picture advertising. Most recently, Werner co-produced and edited The Woodsmans, a documentary about the famed family of artists. He also edited the feature documentary, The Other City, stories about the AIDS epidemic in Washington D.C. Both films were invited to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010. The Woodsmans won Best N.Y. Documentary.

In 2008, Werner co-directed and edited the documentary feature Kicking It, with Colin Farrell, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival. It had its theatrical premiere in June, 2008 and was bought by ESPN. Werner co-produced and edited the documentary feature Second Chance Season, about Nick Young, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2007 and aired on ESPN in the fall of 2008. In 2006, Werner co-directed and edited Mario's Story, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it received the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Some of Werner's other work include editing The Year of the Yao; The Smith Family, which was recognized as Best Documentary at the Director's Guild Awards and The Peabody Awards in 2003; the Sundance Festival Selection Go Tigers!; and Imagine Pictures' Beyond the Mat. His editorial work on The Mirror has Two Faces marked the fifth film in which Werner collaborated with Barbra Streisand. Werner has also directed the documentary Camp Scott Lock-Up for MTV as well as two documentaries for HBO: The Godfather Family and Bloodlines, the latter having been nominated for a Cable Ace Award. Werner is the winner of several Hollywood Key Art Awards for his work in motion picture advertising.

Diana Holtzberg (Executive Producer)

Diana Holtzberg is Vice President of Films Transit International, one of the longest running, renowned and respected agencies specializing in the worldwide release and marketing of high profile, theatrical and TV documentaries (features, hours, miniseries, series) that are unique and have universal appeal.

Based in New York and with Films Transit since 2001, Diana executive produces and acts as a creative producer/consultant on a select number of film projects each year in addition to her acquisition, festival strategy and sales work. Some examples: Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glen Gould; Feathered Cocaine; The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2009 in the Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming category, End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones; Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust; Held Hostage in Colombia; and Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives Of Women Over 65. Diana also has her own company, East Village Entertainment, for her independent projects, and conducts workshops and participates on panels at film festivals and film markets throughout the world.

She is co-author of a book based on Still Doing It (Penguin Group/Avery Books), the co-author with Jan Rofekamp of three widely read documentary film industry articles: "The Current State of the International Marketplace For Documentary Films," "Feeling Festive: Strategies for Taking Your Film on the Festival Circuit," and "Distribution To The Max," and she is the credited ghostwriter of a health, fitness and nutrition book The Warrior Diet (Dragondoor, 2002). Diana began her career in the magazine business, working at SPIN and then at Inc. and Details. During this time she produced groundbreaking TV specials for MTV and Fox Sports Network.