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"Juicy stuff 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


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