Charles Berkowitz is a filmmaker/ paramedic based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a current student at UC Berkeley’s Master’s of Journalism program.
Since his graduation from Bard College, he has produced a number of short film works and two documentary features. For his undergraduate thesis, he produced a documentary on Dr. Jonathan Shay’s book, “Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character”, which has been widely acclaimed in academic circles and incorporated into the curricula of universities and secondary schools nationwide. He is also the director of Odysseus in America, currently in post-production.
For the past ten years Charles has been a member of the Emergency Medical Services in both California and New York, eight of which have been served as a paramedic in Hell’s Kitchen, Harlem, and Brooklyn. He is a founding member of NYC Medics , a volunteer disaster relief team, established in response to the 2005 earthquake in Pakistani Kashmir. He has since participated with NYCM in subsequent deployments to Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.