MEET THE FILMMAKER: Bob Berg.
What hasn’t Bob Berg done professionally in town? A past president of the Colorado Film and Video Association (CFVA), Bob has worked off and on in the film and television industry in Denver since 1987. Bob got his start as a 2nd AD on the 16MM werewolf feature Lone Wolf. Since then, he’s worked professionally as an A/C, editor, and cinematographer on a number of projects.
The trailer for Bob’s first feature film Misogyny plays at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Feb. 21st down at the Bug Theatre. EFP Host Patrick Sheridan recently caught up with Bob.
B.B.: Somewhere along the way, while I was working primarily on other people’s projects, I realized that I had a few of my own stories to tell.
P.S.: What was the inspiration behind your movie?
B.B.: Misogyny is my first feature film but it came from a short story idea I had been toying with for a long time. I had a number of male friends whose experiences with women and girlfriends (along with my own) melded together to create the character of Riley Parker. The original idea for the film came from a very simple premise and (even though we all know it really does happen) a mostly unspoken one that society still holds to be politically-incorrect: sometimes women do teach men to hate them. Once I enlisted the help of actress and filmmaker friend Anna Hadzi, we realized that telling a story about a young man who reluctantly evolves into a serial killer was longer than a short…and the feature script started taking shape.
P.S.: What are your plans for it? Where has it screened?
B.B.: We had a cast and crew screening right before Thanksgiving, and one limited “public” screening in January. Both were in Denver. Distribution is our goal and I am in the process now of getting some festival screeners made. Hopefully a few festivals will give the film some credibility in the distribution world.
P.S.: How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?
B.B.: I love the candy!
P.S.: What else are you working on?
B.B.: Mostly I’m working on getting Misogyny into the world, but I do have a few other story ideas kicking around. I am working on a script for a new project called Uriel, but I don’t know yet if it will be a feature. I love making short films; the projects are approachable and mostly affordable. But since there is almost no market for shorts, it’s impossible to spend money doing it. I’ve often thought about making use of my experience with City’s Edge and doing another web series, probably sci-fi, but it’s a silly amount of work.
P.S.: Tell us one weird or unusual thing about you or your movies.
B.B.: Every short or feature I’ve made so far has a one-word name! (And I use real nudity!) No, seriously, even though Misogyny has been a passion for me since 2007, I really am a philogynist at heart; I love women! (And NOT in that Lecter sort of way with fava beans and a nice chianti!) I should be on the list of most eligible bachelors in Denver!
P.S.: Misogyny inside joke alert… Perhaps you’re too nice to date.
B.B.: You’d be wrong. LOL!
P.S.: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
B.B.: I try to keep some info online at bergimaging.com
P.S.: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
B.B.: The EFP has been around a long time graciously supporting filmmakers in Denver. (We showed some episodes of “City’s Edge” probably over ten years ago!) It is wonderful to have EFP here as a premiere, local outlet for the very talented film people doing work in our city.
P.S.: Thanks Bob! See you on the 21st!