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ABOUT

Paula Bernstein is a writer/researcher at Blue Chalk Media. A regular contributor to Filmmaker Magazine and No Film School, she was previously an editor at IndieWire. She recently produced and directed her first film, the short documentary "Sole Doctor."

A former television reporter for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Bernstein has written reviews, reported features, personal essays and interviews about a variety of subjects, including film, television, advertising, books, technology, food, parenting and travel.

Her writing has appeared in Fast Company, Babble, Parents, Culture Trip and many other digital and print publications. She has also worked as a content creator and social media consultant for companies including Nickelodeon and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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 in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Anthony Orkin, along with their two daughters, a dog and a cat.

Sole Doctor

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"Sole Doctor," a short documentary film produced and directed by Paula Bernstein, tells the story of George's Shoe Repair, a family-owned shoe repair shop in Portland that has served the community for over 50 years. On the verge of retirement, proprietor George Thrower is preparing to pass the store on to his son, Joshua Thrower, who has some new ideas for how to bring the old-fashioned business into the 21st century. Mia, Joshua's young daughter, also learns the family trade.

"Sole Doctor" is Bernstein's first foray into directing. She has chronicled the experience of directing her short film and what she's learned in the process in a series of journals for Filmmaker Magazine.