When you board an airplane, who are those people in uniform to whom you entrust your life? What do they really do when things go horribly wrong? Derived entirely from the "black box" transcripts of six major airline emergencies, Charlie Victor Romeo puts the audience inside the tension-filled cockpits of actual flights in distress, offering a fascinating portrait of the psychology of crisis and a person’s will to live to the last second.
Codirectors Robert Berger and Karlyn Michelson’s chilling and groundbreaking production stretches the boundaries of film, theatre, and the traditional documentary with this stereoscopic 3-D film of a stage play that recreates transcripts word for word. Charlie Victor Romeo transports film audiences into the best seats of the theatre and delivers the intensity and gut-wrenching emotion of these emergencies via the unique approach of live performance. Berger and Michelson not only serve up raw cinematic tension but also set the stage for future collaborations with theatrical productions. - S. F.
About the Directors
Bob Berger is a founding member of the Collective: Unconscious (C:U) performance space in New York City and has served as its technical director and new media director. Berger worked for CNN in New York as a studio engineer and field cameraman before pursuing a master’s degree in interactive telecommunications at NYU. As an original creator of Charlie Victor Romeo, the award-winning theatrical documentary, this evolution of his work to the screen is his first film.
Karlyn Michelson is an Emmy Award–winning multimedia storyteller and video journalist. Her documentary work has aired on PBS and HBO and screened at dozens of film festivals worldwide. Michelson has also produced, directed, shot, and edited news segments and multimedia pieces for a multitude of outlets, including Time magazine and Turkish public television.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Robert Berger, Karlyn Michelson
Screenwriters: Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory
Executive Producers: Patrick Daniels, Collective Unconscious NYC, 3 Legged Dog
Producers: Caterina Bartha, Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels
Editor: Karlyn Michelson
Sound: Jamie Mereness, Kevin Reilly, Joel Hamilton
Principal Cast: Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory, Noel Dinneen, Sam Zuckerman, Debbie Troche, Nora Woolley
Contact: Caterina Bartha / firstname.lastname@example.org