Alan Berliner

Filmmaker

Alan Berliner, Filmmaker


www.alanberliner.com

Classes taught:
Documentary Masters

Alan Berliner's uncanny ability to combine experimental cinema, artistic purpose, and popular appeal in compelling film essays has made him one of America's most acclaimed independent filmmakers. The New York Times has described Berliner's work as "powerful, compelling and bittersweet... full of juicy conflict and contradiction, innovative in their cinematic technique, unpredictable in their structures... Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life." Berliner's films, First Cousin Once Removed (2013), Wide Awake (2006), The Sweetest Sound (2001), Nobody’s Business (1996), Intimate Stranger (1991), and The Family Album (1986), have been broadcast all over the world, and received awards, prizes, and retrospectives at many major international film festivals. Over the years, his films have become part of the core curriculum for documentary filmmaking and film history classes at universities worldwide. All of his films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In 2006, the International Documentary Association honored Berliner with an International Trailblazer Award “for creativity, innovation, originality, and breakthrough in the field of documentary cinema.” Berliner is a recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and Jerome Foundation Fellowships and multiple grants from the NEA, NYSCA, and NYFA. He’s won three Emmy Awards and received seven Emmy nominations.

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Fall 2019 info sessions
October 24, 2018

Fall 2019 info sessions

Interested in human stories?  Connected to social justice issues?  Explore the potential of a career in documentary storytelling at SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Read More
Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC
October 17, 2018

Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC

Fall begins and we’re excited to find some of our alumni and faculty’s new films at Doc NYC this year! Come and join us to watch some amazing films - grab some friends!Read More
Fall Weekend Workshops
October 02, 2018

Fall Weekend Workshops

We've got three weekend workshops coming up in the Fall to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills and perfect your budget. Maybe you're just starting out and need the basics, or you are more experienced and want a refresher - the Read More
8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!
September 12, 2018

8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!

Join us to celebrate the graduates of School of VISUAL ARTS MFA Social Documentary Film with the 8th Annual Thesis Showcase. We are proud to celebrate GROUP 8, the class of 2018! Here we share their work-in-progress thesis films, which inspir Read More