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.
Flipping the Script: How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of the Spec Script Market
MovieMaker, June 21, 2018
6 Things to Remember Before Shooting Your Documentary
No Film School, June 6, 2018
Oscar-Winning Documentarian Barbara Kopple on Filming Life-or-Death Situations
No Film School, March 14, 2018
Your Guide to Brooklyn's Park Slope in the Movies
Culture Trip, March 7, 2018
How a Commercial Exec Became an Oscar-Nominated Director...at 70
No Film School, March 1, 2018
Oregon Doc Camp: A Weekend in the Woods with Documentary Filmmakers
Filmmaker Magazine, June 2, 2017
Lessons from 'The Reluctant Radical:' How the First Amendment Protects Filmmakers
Filmmaker Magazine, March 4, 2017
Finding the Storyline in a Documentary Short (Or, Do Short Docs Need Narrative Arcs?)
Filmmaker Magazine, February 9, 2017
Expert Tips for First-Time Documentary Filmmakers (Like Myself)
Filmmaker Magazine, August 25, 2016
New Documentaries Use Animation to Bring Nonfiction Stories to Life
Filmmaker Magazine, June 23, 2016
Portland’s Historic Hollywood Theatre Caters to Cinephiles with 70mm
Filmmaker Magazine, April 21, 2016
"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.