08/01/2010 05:44 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Brigitte Berman on: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (AUDIO)

Oscar-winning documentarian Brigitte Berman was not prepared for the accolades nor criticism she has received for her film Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel. Passionate about her friend of over 5 years, Berman insists her film has a balanced view of the iconic American figure and new insights into his life that have never been covered on film before.

Although she has a generally positive disposition, one cannot ignore her slight irritation at what she views as some of the unfair and slanted news coverage some media outlets have given the documentary.

Working on such subjects as Artie Shaw, Robert Bateman and even the Osbournes was no match for the tremendous press coverage her newest film has encountered. However, Berman has never been more proud and excited about a film's debut.

Hugh Hefner: Plaboy, Activist and Rebel offers one of the very first in-depth and authorized views of the inside of Hefner's media empire that goes beyond just the pretty faces, she says.

Berman promises a look at Hefner's other passions such as art, politics and the rebellious as well as the more gentler side of him that the public has never seen.

In our audio interview with Berman, she explains her stance on the film, how it was put together and her response to those who have not given the film a fair chance.