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.