"Juicy stuff here....an astonishing parade of interviews....If you love the music Berns made, you’ll love this movie; if you don’t, I feel for you.”





The greatest untold story of Rock and Roll


Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Stevie Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Here Comes The Night” and “Piece Of My Heart.” He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father's story to the screen through interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.

Directors Brett Berns and Bob Sarles
USA / Color / Documentary / 95 minutes / English



Location Theater Dates Website
AZ - Phoenix Filmbar May 21 Visit
AZ - Scottsdale Harkins Shea 14 May 12-18 Visit
CA - Berkeley Rialto Cinemas Berkeley May 26 - June 15 Visit
CA - Cathedral City Mary Pickford is D' Place May 3,8,10 Visit
CA - North Hollywood Laemmle Noho May 5-18 Visit
CA - San Francisco Roxie Theatre May 12-18 Visit
CA - San Rafael Rafael Film Center May 12 - Visit
CA - Sebastopol Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol May 26 - June 8 Visit
FL - Tampa Tampa Theatre June 2 Visit
IA - Iowa City Marcus Sycamore Cinema May 10 Visit
IL - Addison Marcus Addison Cinema May 10 Visit
IL - Chicago Gene Siskel Film Center May 19-25 Visit
KY - Louisville Speed Art Museum July 8,9 Visit
MI - Detroit The Maple Theater May 23 Visit
MO - Kansas City Tivoli Cinema June 8 Visit
NE - Omaha Marcus Village Pointe Cinema May 10 Visit
NY - Hudson TSL Hudson May 11-14,18-21,27,28 Visit
NY - Hurleyville Hurleyville Arts Center July 22-23 Visit
NY - New York City IFC Apr 26-May 11 Visit
OH - Columbus Gateway Film Center May 12 Visit
OK - Tulsa Circle Cinema June 23-29 Visit
OR - Florence City Lights Cinema June 6 Visit
TN - Nashville Belcourt Theatre May 19 - June 8 Visit
TX - El Paso Alamo Drafthouse Cinema May 30 Visit
TX - Dallas Texas Theatre May 12,14 Visit
TX - Houston Alamo Drafthouse Cinema May 17 Visit
TX - Lubbock Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Jun 14 Visit
TX - San Antonio Santikos Bijou May 8 Visit
VT - Burlington Merrill's Roxy Cinema June 2-15 Visit
WA - Bellingham Pickford Film Center June 8 Visit
WA - Seattle Northwest Film Forum May 12-14 Visit
WI - Waukesha Marcus Majestic Cinema of Brookfield May 10 Visit

Director Brett Berns on Jonesy’s Jukebox

Directors Brett Berns & Bob Sarles on AOL Build

Bert Berns Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Grammy Museum Q&A





SXSW (World Premiere)
CIMMFest (Best Doc Soundtrack)
Seattle International FF (West Coast Premiere)
Don’t Knock The Rock (Los Angeles Premiere)
Rhode Island International Film Festival (New England Premiere)
Athens International Film Festival
Doc ‘N Roll Film Festival (Brighton)
Boston Film Festival (Best Music)
Milwaukee Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival (Canadian Premiere)
Queen City Film Festival Cumberland, Maryland
Buffalo International Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Orlando Film Festival
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Doc ’N Roll Film Festival (London / UK Premiere)
Gold Coast International Film Festival (Long Island)
Sound Unseen (Minneapolis)
Grammy Museum Special Screening+Panel
Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival
Wodsworth Atheneum Special Screening (Hartford)
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival


Miami Jewish Film Festival
NW Film Reel Music Series Portland
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
ArtYard Frenchtown, NJ
Hot Docs Doc Soup Series Toronto
Boulder International Film Festival
JIF Winterfest Roxie Theater, San Francisco
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Maine Jewish Film Festival
Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
Copenhagen Musikfilm Festival
Port Jefferson Documentary Series (Long Island)
West Virginia Jewish Film Festival
St. Louis Jewish Film Festival
Galway Film Fleadh
Berkshire Jewish Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
Sidewalk Film Festival
Australia Jewish Film Festival
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
Columbus Jewish Film Festival
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Washington D.C. Jewish Film Festival