Karen S Bernstein

Elgin, Texas, United States


Recently lauded at the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest Film Festival, Richard

Linklater – dream is destiny is about to be distributed nationally by IFC Films and Hulu, with

overseas distribution by the sales agent, Dogwoof. More information on the documentary and it’s

screenings at www.linklaterdoc.com 2015 also saw the release of a Galan 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, 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. 

 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

(http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/?s=Marfa+no+place+like+here&submit=Search) conjured over

250,000 hits on the Etsy website and was re-tweeted on BoingBoing and Huffington Post in 2010.

Current projects include the documentary feature, I’m Going To Make You Love Me, and La Vie

En Rose, part of the Patina project.

transFIGURATION, a documentary program for PBS on a collaboration between the

photographer, Rino Pizzi, and 12 Texas-based artists, was broadcast in May, 2014, and exists as a

permanent KLRU web link (http://www.klru.org/episode/arts-in- context/transfiguration/).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.