Sheila Curran Bernard

Sheila Curran Bernard

Independent Filmmaker

Areas of Focus: Documentaries, Feature Films



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Filmmaker and writer on more than 50 hours of nationally- and internationally broadcast films, primarily documentary, including SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME (2012).  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. Recipient, 2016 named New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting/Screenwriting. Author, DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING, now going into its 5th edition (2020) and available in Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, and Arabic. Co-author with Kenn Rabin, ARCHIVAL STORYTELLING, now going into its 2nd edition (2020).


Also, associate professor, Dept. of History (and Documentary Studies Program) at the University at Albany, State University of New York and director of its graduate program in Public History.







Slavery by Another Name, writer (2012)

Role: Other

Funded in part by the NEH and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon, this 90-minute feature documentary looks at convict leasing, peonage, and other forms of forced, unpaid labor, primarily affecting African Americans in the U.S. South, from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of World War II. Directed by Sam Pollard, the film is one of four showcased in an ongoing national public engagement campaign of the NEH. Full film streaming at link above; a 20-minute classroom version is also available.

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