Ferne Pearlstein


Ferne Pearlstein is an acclaimed documentary director and DP with dozens of films to her credit. She won the Excellence in Cinematography prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for her work on “Imelda,” a feature documentary for which she lived and traveled with the former First Lady of the Philippines during her campaign for the presidency. She is also one of only a handful of female cinematographers featured in Kodak’s long-running “On Film” ad campaign in the pages of American Cinematographer magazine. Committed to shooting in film, Pearlstein has shot documentaries in places as diverse as Haiti, Uganda, and Guyana, and Burma and has worked for dozens of Academy Award nominated and winning directors including Alex Gibney, Deborah Dickson, Debbie Hoffman and Frances Reid. Her 2003 feature documentary “Sumo East and West” premiered at the Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals and was shown nationwide on PBS’s Independent Lens series. Her new film is THE LAST LAUGH, a feature documentary about taboos in comedy, which she produced, directed, photographed, and edited. It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this past spring and has since been shown at over forty festivals worldwide including HotDocs, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Aspen FilmFest, and Chicago International Film Festival. It will be in theaters late winter and have its national broadcast on Independent Lens next spring.