Montana International Film Festival | Billings, MT Sept 19-23, 2018


Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America

Babcock theatre, Sept 21 | 11 aM

Directed by Brigitte Berman | Montana Premiere | USA, 90 mins

Q&A with Oscar-winning director Brigitte Berman after the film.

From Brigitte Berman, Oscar-winning director of Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got (1985), comes this remarkable documentary of one of America’s most influential and controversial cultural icons, Hugh Hefner. Amongst the martinis and bonhomie, Hefner’s shows offered urgent cultural and political commentaries from pop culture luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory, and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

The film features interviews by Joan Baez, Tony Bennett, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Maher, Smokey Robinson, Linda Ronstadt, Pete Seeger, and more!


Presented in partnership with The Government of Canada.


Brigitte Berman recently finished a new documentary film, Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking out in America (2018). Previously she completed, The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent in 2017. She is known for her films Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985) which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (feature), and the films Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009) and Bix: 'Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet' (1981).