“Unafraid to be both smart and silly.”
—Lisa Nesselson, Variety


tied to a chairTied to a Chair

Michael Bergmann’s latest film has garnered critical acclaim and awards, including Best Feature Film at The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival and Best In Festival at the Heart of England International Film Festival.

Tied to a Chair was an Official Selection at the Avignon Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Beverly Hills High Definition Film Festival and the Delray Beach Film Festival. Starring Bonnie Loren and Mario Van Peebles. More…

Milk & MoneyMilk & Money

Starring Calista Flockhart, Peter Boyle, Olympia Dukakis,
Dina Merrill and Robert Vaughn

Milk & Money won “Best Independent American Feature Film” at the Cleveland International Film Festival and “Prix SACD” at the Avignon Film Festival.

View the trailer

Read the “New York Times” review

CNN News Coverage

Entertainment Tonight Coverage

New York Eyewitness News Coverage

Separate Process Studio Theater website

IMBD page


Trifling with FateTrifling with Fate

Starring Bridget Moynahan and Gordon Elliott, Sarah Winkler, Teri Lamm, Ed Vassallo, Vivienne Benesch,Robin Dorian, Ryan Dunn, Rob Gerlach, Charles Tuthill, and Beth Zetlin

Produced By Michael Bergmann, Lexi Robertson and Sarah Winkler

Original Music Written And Performed By Doug Scofield

Trifling With Fate was first shown to the public as a work-in-progress at the Avignon/NY FilmFestival in late April, 2000. Its world premiere took place at the Avignon Film Festival in Avignon, France on June 26, 2000.

Read the review in “Variety”

IMDB page


reality trapThe reality trap

This is a movie in which violence is mentioned almost continuously, but we never see a single violent act. Jill (Bonnie Loren), a sociologist who is a professor at Columbia, has written a book about adultery in America. When she appears on Hank Pulley’s talk show to promote her book, Hank (Kevin Stapleton) surprises her by introducing her to the wives of two men with whom Jill had affairs. Shocked and humiliated, Jill decides to use her resources as an educated intellectual to fight back and lures Hank’s show into doing an investigative program on a subject Hank should never have touched.

Read the review in “Variety”

IMDB page

Short films



Awarded Best Short Film, Whitehead International Film Festival, Claremont, CA, January 2004

Watch the 9-minute film



in bed with my booksIn bed
with my books

A middle-aged woman explores her recently acquired invisibility.
It won the “Prix du Jury” at the Montreal International Film Festival.

You can watch In Bed With My Books in its entirety on IMDB.

Written by Ardythe Ashley
Directed by Michael Bergmann
Starring Le Clanche du Rand