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Paula Bernstein is a writer/editor with many years of experience working for industry publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire. A regular contributor to, Filmmaker Magazine and No Film School, she also produces video content.

She recently directed "Sole Doctor,” a short documentary which has screened at Palm Springs ShortsFest, DOC NYC, Napa Valley Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival and other festivals. It was acquired for U.S. theatrical distribution by Neon and for international distribution by ShortsTV.

She is the co-author of "Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited" (Random House, 2007). 

A graduate of Wellesley College, Bernstein received her M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Anthony Orkin, and their two daughters, in Portland, Oregon.


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Sole Doctor

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"Sole Doctor" is a short documentary set at George's Shoe Repair, a family-owned business in Portland, Oregon that has served the community for over 50 years.  George is preparing to pass the store on to his son, Joshua, a former modern dancer.  Mia, Joshua's young daughter, also learns the family trade.

Directed and produced by Paula Bernstein, "Sole Doctor" marks Bernstein's directorial debut. She has chronicled the experience of directing her first short film in a series of journals for Filmmaker Magazine.

"Sole Doctor" has screened at multiple film festivals, including Palm Springs ShortFest, DOC NYC, the Napa Valley Film Festival and BendFilm Festival. Check here for upcoming screenings and find out more about the film here.