With Signs and Wonders - My Journey from Darkest Africa to the Bright Lights of Hollywood

by Philip Berk, Phillip Berk

Bearmanor Media | February 19, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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"The rare immigrant memoir that's also a page turner. Berk recalls a childhood in South Africa that eventually led him to Los Angeles, where he presided over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. His stories about Jodie Foster, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep are as unguarded as the Golden Globes. A journey worth taking." - Ramin Setoodeh, Film Editor New York, Variety "Phil Berk seems to have lived a "crowded hour" for his entire life - and it is all spelled out, beautifully, energetically, and with remarkable insight, in his memoir With Signs and Wonders. The inner workings of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has always been argued and speculated about for as long as they have been an organization. With this book, we get the tic-toc of it all - rumors confirmed, rumors destroyed, and a panoply of never-told stories from a man that wasn't only deep in the organization, but who actually led it - the debates, the infighting, the stress. It's all here. The book can be devoured in a day - and I doubt any reader can resist turning any page once it has been begun. But when you are done you will understand not only Berk's remarkable life but also his unquenchable and valuable love of film." - Rod Lurie, Writer-Director The Contender, The Last Castle, Resurrecting the Champ, Nothing but the Truth "An engaging memoir of an unusual and fascinating life's journey." - Stephen Farber, President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association "Very few people live a tenth of the lives that Philip Berk has lived. From war to love to eight-times elected President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, his epoch-spanning story turns the pages with the same breathless, confiding style he has used for decades to report - and make - the history of his beloved entertainment industry. To read this über-connected writer's story is to peek behind the curtains of the singularly-unique HFPA, and better know the sprawling industry surrounding Hollywood's most riotous awards. Phil Berk is a very smart, very kind and very special soul, and his story should be mandatory reading for those who seek to know what makes our industry tick." - Andy Corren, Talent Manager Philip Berk has served four two year terms as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He was educated at UCLA where he studied motion pictures. After earning a master's degree, he worked as an educator for 25 years supervising award winning programs in cinema, forensics, and journalism. For ten yeas he was the film critic for the B'nai B'rith Messenger (later Los Angeles Jewish Times) and has chaired the jury at the Guadalajara Film Festival, Hawaian Film festival, and the Bahamas Film Festival.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 274 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.58 in

Published: February 19, 2014

Publisher: Bearmanor Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1593937571

ISBN - 13: 9781593937577

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With Signs and Wonders - My Journey from Darkest Africa to the Bright Lights of Hollywood

With Signs and Wonders - My Journey from Darkest Africa to the Bright Lights of Hollywood

by Philip Berk, Phillip Berk

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 274 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.58 in

Published: February 19, 2014

Publisher: Bearmanor Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1593937571

ISBN - 13: 9781593937577

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"The rare immigrant memoir that's also a page turner. Berk recalls a childhood in South Africa that eventually led him to Los Angeles, where he presided over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. His stories about Jodie Foster, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep are as unguarded as the Golden Globes. A journey worth taking." - Ramin Setoodeh, Film Editor New York, Variety "Phil Berk seems to have lived a "crowded hour" for his entire life - and it is all spelled out, beautifully, energetically, and with remarkable insight, in his memoir With Signs and Wonders. The inner workings of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has always been argued and speculated about for as long as they have been an organization. With this book, we get the tic-toc of it all - rumors confirmed, rumors destroyed, and a panoply of never-told stories from a man that wasn't only deep in the organization, but who actually led it - the debates, the infighting, the stress. It's all here. The book can be devoured in a day - and I doubt any reader can resist turning any page once it has been begun. But when you are done you will understand not only Berk's remarkable life but also his unquenchable and valuable love of film." - Rod Lurie, Writer-Director The Contender, The Last Castle, Resurrecting the Champ, Nothing but the Truth "An engaging memoir of an unusual and fascinating life's journey." - Stephen Farber, President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association "Very few people live a tenth of the lives that Philip Berk has lived. From war to love to eight-times elected President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, his epoch-spanning story turns the pages with the same breathless, confiding style he has used for decades to report - and make - the history of his beloved entertainment industry. To read this über-connected writer's story is to peek behind the curtains of the singularly-unique HFPA, and better know the sprawling industry surrounding Hollywood's most riotous awards. Phil Berk is a very smart, very kind and very special soul, and his story should be mandatory reading for those who seek to know what makes our industry tick." - Andy Corren, Talent Manager Philip Berk has served four two year terms as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He was educated at UCLA where he studied motion pictures. After earning a master's degree, he worked as an educator for 25 years supervising award winning programs in cinema, forensics, and journalism. For ten yeas he was the film critic for the B'nai B'rith Messenger (later Los Angeles Jewish Times) and has chaired the jury at the Guadalajara Film Festival, Hawaian Film festival, and the Bahamas Film Festival.