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Walter Murch + Heather Berlin
How is movie magic made?

February 4
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Legendary film editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient) and neuroscientist Heather Berlin demonstrate how image and sound can be manipulated to change our perception of the truth.

Brainwave is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


About the Speakers


Walter Murch, hailed by Roger Ebert as “the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema,” has received awards and nominations for his work on The English Patient, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, Julia, Ghost, The Godfather Part III, and Cold Mountain. He also pursues interests in the science of human perception, cosmology, and the history of science. Since 1995 he has been working on a reinterpretation of the Titius-Bode Law of planetary spacing based on data from the Voyager Probe, the Hubble telescope, and recent discoveries of exoplanets orbiting distant stars.

Murch published The Bird that Swallowed Its Cage (2012), a selection of previously untranslated works by the Italian poet and novelist Curzio Malaparte (1899–1956). He has also written a book on film editing, In the Blink of an Eye (2001), and been the subject of two other books, The Conversations by Michael Ondaatje (2002) and Behind the Seen by Charles Koppelman (2004).


Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and visiting scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She explores interactions of the human brain and mind to develop improved treatments for impulsive and compulsive psychiatric disorders. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity. Berlin is a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange, and host of the PBS series Science Goes to the Movies, and the Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown. She co-wrote and stars in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway and Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, Off the Top, about the neuroscience of improvisation. Berlin has made numerous media appearances including on the BBC, History Channel, Netflix, StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, One World with Deepak Chopra, and TEDx. Heather Berlin’s three previous Brainwave appearances have been with actor Zachary Quinto (2016), director Richard Eyre (2015), and math savant Jason Padgett (2014).

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