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ABOUT

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 Fortune.com, Filmmaker Magazine and No Film School, she also writes, edits and 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.

articles

The Race for the 2020 Academy Awards Has Already Begun
Fortune, May 21, 2019

TV Networks Face Challenges as They Announce Their New Primetime Lineups
Fortune, May 13, 2019

Will ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Dominate the Summer Box Office?
Fortune, May 6, 2019

Journalism Plus: Documentaries Blend Truth-Seeking with Cinematic Storytelling
MovieMaker, April 23, 2019

Do Film Festivals Really Watch Every Submission?
No Film School, April 23, 2019

6 Things You Need to Know About Distributing Your Indie Film
No Film School, January 24, 2019

4 Tips to Give You the Inspiration You Need to Make Your First Feature
No Film School, October 26, 2018

This is 40: IFP Celebrates IFP Week’s 40th Anniversary
Filmmaker, September 14, 2018

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

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, 2016Journ

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 DOC NYC, the Napa Valley Film Festival and BendFilm Festival. Check here for upcoming screenings and find out more about the film here.