Bang!: The Bert Berns Story
With hits that include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, and “Piece Of My Heart,” Bert Berns is the most influential producer/songwriter you’ve never heard of. He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. From his Russian-Jewish roots in the Bronx, brushes with the Mob, to his days in pre-Castro Cuba – filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father’s story to the screen through rare footage and interviews with Van Morrison, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and many other 60’s music biz luminaries.
“Fun anecdotes are outweighed by a cascade of memorable, and surprisingly personal, hit soul records.” –Hollywood Reporter
Documentary, Music History / Dir: Bob Sarles and Brett Berns / Starring: Van Morrison, Solomon Burke, Keith Richards, Cissy Houston / narrated by: Steve Van Zandt / 2016 USA / English / 95 min
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2017, Orlando Film Festival 2016, San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2016, Denver Film Festival 2016, DOC’ N’ Roll Film Festival 2016, DOC NYC Film Festival 2016, St. Louis International Film Festival 2016