Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America



St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Fri, Apr 12, 2019 6:45 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 1:50 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Sun, Apr 14, 2019 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Women Directors
Release Year:2018
Runtime:101 min
Festivals & Awards:Whistler Film Festival - Audience Choice Award: Most Popular Canadian Film
Director:Brigitte Berman
Producer:Victor Solnicki
Brigitte Berman
Dan Peel
Cinematographer:Simon Ennis
Lee Cochran
Max Putintsev
Screenwriter:Victor Solnicki
Brigitte Berman
Editor:Brigitte Berman
Lee Cochran
Principal Cast:Whoopi Goldberg
Tony Bennett
Kitty Bruce
John Kay
Roger McGuinn
Leon Kennedy
Jim Brown
Taj Mahal
Joan Baez
Pete Seeger
Dick Gregory
Tim Hauser
John Burk
Gene Simmons
Barbara Dane
Barry Melton
Bruce Belland
Sivi Aberg
Robert Clary
Annie Ross
Dick Rosenzweig
Michael Wadleigh
Linda Ronstadt
Charles Strouse
Smokey Robinson
Bill Maher
Ron Simon
Hugh Hefner


Director Brigitte Berman Attending!

In 2009, veteran documentarian and filmmaker Brigitte Berman released Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, a film about the life and legacy of Hugh Hefner. Expanding on Hefner's influence not only as a celebrity figure but as a catalyst for social awareness, discussion and change, Berman continues to break new ground in Playboy: After Dark, Speaking Out in America. In this doc, Berman details the run and lasting influence of Hefner's two short-lived television shows Playboy: After Dark (1969-1970) and Playboy's Penthouse (1959-1960). Part entertainment segments, part talkshows, the programs featured numerous celebrity guests and covered a diverse range of subjects during their respective runs, including race, integration, environmental changes and free speech. With the story told through interviews and a collection of archived footage, this documentary makes it clear how and why both programs deserve their spots in television history.

Director Biography

Veteran filmmaker Brigitte Berman is known for such works as Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (85) which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. In 2009, Berman released another doc on the late Hugh Hefner called Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel.


"An illuminating glimpse at a time when Hugh Hefner was on the cultural cutting edge" - Hollywood Reporter


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