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In Bed With Ulysses — with Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna

Date: 4:30pm EST November 19, 2014

In Bed With Ulysses chronicles the making of one of modern fiction’s most brilliant masterpieces—James Joyce’s Ulysses—and the toll it took on the Joyce family.

Part performance video and part documentary, In Bed With Ulysses intersperses readings from James Joyce’s most famous novel with an in-depth exploration of both the author’s life and the tumultuous history of the work’s composition, publication, and reception. The eighty-minute film travels from Dublin to Pula, Trieste, Paris, Philadelphia, and New York, interviewing Christopher Cerf, Michael Groden, Colum McCann, and Edna O’Brien among many others in order to uncover why so many people are still in love with Joyce’s 1922 masterpiece.

Link to New York Times Article.

Before creating In Bed With Ulysses, Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna collaborated on two other widely acclaimed documentaries.

Lodz Ghetto, produced by Alan Adelson and co-directed by the husband and wife team, has been widely praised as the most authentic film every made about Jewish life within the Holocaust, was shown at the Sundance, Berlin, Montreal, Yamagata, Valladolid, San Francisco, London and Dallas international film festivals. The documentary played theatrically in 50 American cities, won the International Film Critics Award and was chosen for Best Films of the Year listings by the San Francisco Examiner and Library Journal, was a Holocaust Remembrance Day special broadcast on PBS and has been broadcast in 6 languages in 10 countries.

Their Two Villages in Kosovo examines the needless destruction of ethnic conflict.  The film was commissioned by ARTE and was broadcast to critical acclaim throughout Europe.

Alan Adelson works in both print and film. He was a page-one investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal and has published fiction and non-fiction in many magazines including The New Yorker. He was the European Production Coordinator of the Academy Award winning HBO documentary, One Survivor Remembers. Adelson is currently producing Deadly Decisions, a documentary examining the use of the dioxin-contaminated herbicide, Agent Orange, in Southeast Asia and its deadly aftermath. He is writing a family history of the Einsteins under contract with the Crown division of Random House.

Kate Taverna has edited dozens of documentary films including Asylum, which was nominated for the Best Short Documentary Academy Award in 2005, and Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which won the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition and has received many other awards. The documentary was instrumental in calling the Liberian women’s peace movement to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee which honored its leaders, including Lehmah Gbowee, one of the documentary’s principal characters, with the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.