It's a Disaster

It's a Disaster

IT'S A DISASTER, a film by Todd Berger. Picture courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories. All rights reserved.

It's a Disaster (2012/2013)

Opened: 04/12/2013 Limited

Village East04/12/2013 - 04/25/201314 days

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Genre: Dark Comedy

Rated: R for language including sexual references, and some drug content.

Are You Prepared?

IT'S A DISASTER is a fast-paced ensemble comedy about the worst brunch ever: the eggs are cold, the tensions are high, and the end is near.


Eight friends meet for their monthly "couples brunch." But what starts as an impromptu therapy session / airing of domestic grievances takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people become increasingly unhinged to hilarious, surprising, and revealing results.

Director's Statement

We've all seen that movie. The one where a band of strangers must face the world head-on after some sort of cataclysmic event. Zombies. A deadly outbreak of disease. Nuclear war. There are countless ways a disaster can bring people together to fight for humanity and find themselves.

But how would they really act? And what if they weren't strangers?

It's a Disaster explores such an idea. How would real people approach a cataclysmic event? They're empathetic and worried yes - but they're also smart, funny, realistic, and much like most Americans they're wildly unprepared. Also they've seen disaster movies before and can take some cues, whether correct or incorrect, on how to behave.

Through a prism of relationships - four couples at four different stages to be precise -- the film explores how a disaster would not only effect a person, but also how that person relates to friends and loved ones. How a disaster could take someone you think you really know and show them in a whole new light for better or worse. How would you act? Would you stay calm? Would you panic? Would you go into shock? Anger? Denial?

Mark Twain is my favorite author and a personal idol. A big inspiration for me on this film was reading what he once had to say about the human mind in a disaster situation...

"I will set it down here as a maxim that the operations of the human intellect are much accelerated by an earthquake. Usually I do not think rapidly-- but I did upon this occasion. I thought rapidly, vividly, and distinctly. With the first shock of the five, I thought--"I recognize that motion--this is an earthquake." With the second, I thought, "What a luxury this will be for the morning papers."

-- "The Great Earthquake in San Francisco," New York Weekly Review, 11/25/1865