Captain David Berson, Grand Marshal
David Berson is every film maker’s dream come true and his worst nightmare all rolled into one enigmatic, exuberant personality. Tony Bettler does a wonderful job capturing the many sides and passions of this year’s Grand Marshal.
For one so full of opinions and talents, Dave can be self-effacing and modest but always determined to do the right thing. Given the opportunity in this film to share his personal views of the world he has chosen instead to share the screen with his “kids”.
Those “kids” are the children of Greenport who will be the future of our community and the world. He takes pride in their accomplishments, frets over their growing pains, and wills them to succeed while he stands in the background relishing their reflected glory. This is evident in how he directed Tony to put the focus on the entity of his community based non-profit instead of himself.
A loveable, sometimes controversial personality, David is the star of the film. By stepping back into the shadows of the movie, he stands in the spotlight.
During the Maritime Festival, "Captain Dave Berson, Grand Marshal", a film by Tony Bettler, will be showing at the Seaport Museum.
REMARKS FROM FILM MAKER
My interest in photography goes back to my teenage years in Switzerland.
Later, living and working in New York City, I took courses at the School of Visual Arts and learned the craft of video and sound recording as well as non-linear editing. I produced a number of short movies for private use.
In early 2004, a few years after I retired from my career in the financial industry, a childhood friend and biology professor asked me to document his expeditions into the Amazon. That same year I joined a group of European scientists led by him into the Bolivian Amazon Basin to document their field work. Over the past 10 years I have accompanied them six times for trips of one month. The movies are shown primarily during lectures.
Recently my wife, Marla Milne, and I have been producing movies about events in the Greenport community and of our worldwide travels. Some have been shown at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport. Our movies are produced under the name 'View2XL'. A few can be viewed on www.view2xl.com. Most of the production has been educational and noncommercial.