Karen Bernstein
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A veteran documentary film, television and radio producer, Karen Bernstein has recently added Director to her nameplate on life’s dinner table. In keeping with her arts and culture career making biographical documentaries, Bernstein completed and premiered the festival favorite, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, at DocNYC2019. This madcap documentary biography on one person, two lives between two same-sex weddings, is included in the unprecedented SXSW2020 10-day virtual festival on Amazon Prime. In 2016 when festivals were still held live and with crowds, Bernstein co-directed and produced, Richard Linklater – dream is destiny, which premiered at Sundance, screened in the festival favorites section at SXSW, and toured internationally before making its way onto the PBS’ American Masters series that same year. 2015 saw the release of a Galán Inc. documentary that Karen Bernstein co-produced with Latino Public Broadcasting, Children of Giant. 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.