A man of many talents, Robert Lundberg is a distinguished photographer and filmmaker known for his artful documentaries covering the worlds of music, comedy, art, and film. Growing up in Massachusettes, Lundberg moved to New York City where he fully invested himself in his art and film career. An individual who loves to take on new challenges, Lundberg has immersed himself in perhaps his most challenging project yet, the new documentary series titled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting in February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors in an effort to gain an inside look at their creative process which can only be fully captured going behind the scenes. The purpose of the series is to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that transpire during interviews and other similar encounters with artists and performers. Oftentimes, most other features are heavily edited, capturing certain moments often heavily vetted by those in charge of the content’s creation or final product. But that’s not in Lundberg’s nature. He makes sure to bring you all of the raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise get a chance to experience and enjoy.
With the early success of Rob Lundberg Presents: Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews, Lundberg keeps the ball rolling with episode six wherein he is joined by Tom Berninger, a visual artist, filmmaker and actor whose roots extend back to his youth in Cincinnati, Ohio where he developed an interest in film and art before making the trip to Los Angeles, the city which he now calls home.
Moving to LA enabled Berninger to more fully embrace his love of the arts. He made his first splash in the industry in 2013 when he released the documentary Mistaken For Strangers which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film received an overwhelming response, praised for the look it offers at brotherly love in all of its complexities. For its case study of sibling relations, the film looks at the dynamics of the relationship between Tom and his brother, Matt Berninger, a name that may sound familiar because Matt just so happens to be the lead singer of the immensely successful indie rock band The National. Now, over 20 years into their history, The National have released eight studio albums, the most recent being last year’s I Am Easy To Find.
Since the release of Mistaken For Strangers, Tom has continued to act and create with one of his latest projects being his popular OG Artwork on Instagram where he creates work based on his favourite words of the day or other imagery which may come into his mind at a given moment. The colourful pieces offer just another example of how Tom operates as an artist and his love of creating projects and seeing them through right to the finished product.
Commenting on his encounter with Tom Berninger, Lundberg stated, “With this new world of social distancing and quarantines, human interactions have adopted the online video format to continue our need to connect with other humans in these dire times. As such, Uncontaminated Sound: The Interviews conversation number six continues the spirit of conversation on culture and the arts through this new platform. In which, I had the pleasure of virtually sitting down with the very talented filmmaker, visual artist and actor Tom Berninger, in his Los Angeles studio. And to my surprise! A pop-in by his brother Matt!”
Lundberg plans to meet with many more artists to be participants in Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews in the coming weeks and months. Lundberg has already been bringing you his ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound which goes behind the scenes to get a look at performers before they take the stage. The series has featured Macklemore’s Gemini Tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Ron English, We Are Scientists, Rufus Wainwright and more. Lundberg’s photography has been highlighted in publications such as Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and more.