Ellen Spiro, Producer/Director
Ellen Spiro, who often works as a one-person crew, is known for making humorous social issue films. Her most recent film is Body of War (co-directed and co-produced with Phil Donahue). Body of War won Best Documentary of 2007 from the National Board of Review and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won an audience award. Additionally, Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue received a 2007 nomination for Best Documentary from the Producer’s Guild of America. Spiro’s other award-winning films have been shown broadcast on television worldwide on PBS, HBO, BBC, CBC, and NHK and in multiple screenings at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum Biennial exhibition. Her 1993 film Greetings from Out Here was the first ITVS production broadcast nationwide on PBS.
Karen Bernstein, Producer
Karen Bernstein has spent the last 15 years in documentary production, most notably as series producer for PBS’s American Masters, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Grammy Award for documentaries on Ella Fitzgerald and Lou Reed, respectively. She produced and directed Are the Kids Alright? for PBS and has produced documentaries for the Sundance Channel, HBO, and Gallery HD.