GEORGE NIERENBERG is an acclaimed Producer/Director whose career has spanned the worlds of independent features, network, cable and international television. His fascination with the roots of American culture has led to a series of remarkable theatrically…
GEORGE NIERENBERG is an acclaimed Producer/Director whose career has spanned the worlds of independent features, network, cable and international television. His fascination with the roots of American culture has led to a series of remarkable theatrically released non-fiction films. His award winning film, SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY (released by MGM) explores the lives and works of the pioneers of Gospel music. Before its theatrical release, SAY AMEN... was celebrated at major film festivals including Cannes, Telluride, New York, Toronto and London. It was named “One of the Ten Best Films Of The Year” by People Magazine, Siskel and Ebert and Rolling Stone, among others.
The accolades for Nierenberg continued with NO MAPS ON MY TAPS, his Emmy-winning film on jazz tap dancing, which received a theatrical release before airing on PBS, cable and international television. The spirit of tap in its heyday in the 1930’s, provides a backdrop for intimate portraits of three surviving “hoofers” Sandman Sims, Chuck Green and Bunny Briggs. As was written by Richard Corliss of Time Magazine, “Their story is poignant, their dexterity poetic, their legacy immense”. The film spawned live presentations of tap dance performances, which toured to over 60 cities around the world.
Mr. Nierenberg also received an Emmy nomination for directing THAT RHYTHM…THOSE BLUES, featuring Ruth Brown and Charles Brown. The film tells the story of rhythm and blues, a black music form evolved into rock and roll and popularized by white singers. It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, opened the Denver Film Festival and was broadcast on the series, The American Experience.