Sheila Curran Bernard

Sheila Curran Bernard



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2016 Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting, New York Foundation for the Arts; also received Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award.Formerly Boston-based filmmaker – multiple series at Blackside, Inc., from Eyes on the Prize to This Far by Faith. Recent film/television credits (primarily as writer or consultant) include Slavery by Another Name, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon; Inside Story, a feature drama at the centerpiece of an ambitious pan-African health initiative; and IMAX films Wired to Win and Jerusalem.

Books include Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen, now in its fourth edition and available in Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Polish, and Japanese; and Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music, written with Kenn Rabin.

Recognition includes a national Emmy Award for writing, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Cine Golden Eagle, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, along with fellowships at the MacDowell Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Associate professor, department of history (and documentary studies program), Un