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September 8, 2006


Mark Berger has worked on Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff, Amadeus, The English Patient, and 145 other feature films

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Mark Berger, who has worked on 150 feature films and is a four-time Academy Award winner for sound production for the movies Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff, Amadeus, and The English Patient, will speak on the dynamic effect of the soundtrack in motion pictures. This event, to be held on September 18 at 7:30 p.m., in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center, will include the screening of clips from his films. The event is co-sponsored by the music and visual arts departments.

Mark Berger has won his Academy Awards by his use of innovative sound. Unlike many modern sound editors, he is known for his thoughtful approach to his craft, and his use of subtlety. In addition to extensive experience in the industry, he is also on the faculty at University of California, Berkeley. At the Simon's Rock event, he will demonstrate the mediating influence of sound by adding successive layers of dialogue, sound effects, and music.

His film credits span 30 years, and include: Zapata (2004); Amadeus, the Director's Cut, and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999); Rushmore, and Dance With Me (1998); The Rainmaker, The Apostle, and The Education of Little Tree (1997); The English Patient, Commandments, and Fly Away Home (1996); The Scarlet Letter (1995); Boys On The Side (1994); Red Rock West (1992); Closet Land, and State of Grace (1990); Twin Peaks (1989); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988); Break of Dawn, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Dear America (1987); The Mosquito Coast, The Trouble With Dick, and Blue Velvet (1986); Kiss Of The Spider Woman, The Legend of Billy Jean, and That Was Then/This Is Now (1985); Amadeus, and On The Edge (1984); The Right Stuff (1983); Out (1982); Dragonslayer (1981); No Nukes (1980); Apocalypse Now, and Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978); Three Warriors (1977); One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1976); and The Godfather Part II (1975).

This event, which is free and open to the public, is part of series of film events that will also include an October residency and public screenings/discussions with special effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706