Category Archives: Ben Berkowitz- Film Director
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – 1:00PM-3:00PM Pacific
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Throughout history, one of the most pervasive myths has been that of the vampire. From the Mesopotamians, ancient Greeks, and Romans to our own modern-day movies and television, the concept of vampirism has existed for millennia. We all know the basic tenets of the vampire myth: undead creatures that stalk unsuspecting people by night, preying upon them to subsist off the blood of the living. But one of the main markers of modern nosferatu is that the basics of vampire lore can change with each story, and often that change ties into our own history.
This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy welcomes film director Ben Berkowitz, for a discussion on vampires through cinema history, and how vampire lore has changed throughout the last century. ( BEN BERKOWITZ – BIO )
A writer/director based in Los Angeles, Ben Berkowitz directed the award-winning feature film Polish Bar
released by Cinetic Media in 2014 and currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and most Cable On Demand. Polish Bar stars Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Judd Hirsch, Richard Belzer, Vincent Piazza, Meat Loaf and James Badge Dale. Ben also recently acted in several projects including Chronic, the English language debut of multiple Cannes prize- winning writer/director Michel Franco, in which he co-starred with Tim Roth.
From the earliest appearance of a vampire in FW Murnau’s Nosferatu, to the modern television series of Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and The Strain, vampire lore has evolved greatly. In Nosferatu, Count Orlok is portrayed as a gruesome monster, played by Max Shreck, which later led to an urban legend that Shreck himself was a vampire. Nosferatu was also the first instance of vampires being affected by sunlight, something that has colored nearly all vampire lore since.