Tomi Ungerer Takes New York

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Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story premieres in the U.S. on November 10 at the SVA Theater and November 13 at the IFC Center, both in New York. Tickets for both go on sale tomorrow. The film is part of DOC NYC: New York’s Documentary Festival, which runs November 8–15.

From the festival’s program description:

Ungerer rose to prominence in the late 1950s as the creator of acclaimed children’s books—”I dare say, no one was as original,” Maurice Sendak once ventured. Ungerer’s creativity also encompassed iconic 60s protest posters and lavish books of erotica; but when his work was banned, he risked fading into obscurity. This film performs a laudable act of rediscovery by capturing his incredible personality on camera and bringing his artwork to life through enchanting animated sequences.

Produced and directed by Brad Bernstein, the film has a generous helping of Ungerer on Ungerer, as well as interviews with Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer, and me. You can find information on additional U.S. showings and excerpts of the film on the website, along with instructions on how to download the “free companion app.”

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