Karen Bernstein – Producer/ Director
In her role as a series producer for American Masters and producer of Ella Fitzgerald – Something To Live For (1999), Bernstein received a national Emmy award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series. For producing Lou Reed – Rock and Roll Heart (1998), she received a Grammy award. In 2000 she co-produced American Masters/Juilliard (2002) and American Masters/Clint Eastwood. Her work has been screened at over 100 international film festivals including Sundance and Berlin. Body of War was produced with Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, toured film festivals around the world, and was shortlisted for an Academy award in 2008. The ITVS funded film, Troop 1500, also did an extensive tour around film festivals both in this country and abroad and was broadcast on Independent Lens in 2006.
With the high definition satellite TV series, Gallery HD, she produced two documentaries about two Texas artists and groups, Julie Speed and the innovative gallery, Ballroom Marfa. Her short film on Elizabeth Streb (PopACTION) , dancer and choreographer, was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant.
Both Are The Kids Alright? and Producing Light have won Emmys in Texas. Her web video for Etsy.com on the craft movement in Marfa (etsy.com/blog/en/?s=Marfa+no+place+like+here&submit=Search) conjured 250,000 hits on the Etsy website and was re-tweeted on BoingBoing and Huffington Post in 2010. Current projects include a short documentary about grackle birds in Austin entitled, What Do They Want?, TransFIGURATION, Higher Ground, and a documentary feature with Galan Inc, Children of Giant, which has been awarded production funding from Latino Public Broadcasting.