The Power of Drama, the Power of Stories
Sheila Curran Bernard won an Emmy for her work as a writer, producer, and director on the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize. Since then, she has used her skills as a dramatist to bring fiction and nonfiction stories to life on screen, reaching audiences worldwide. Committed to publicly-engaged media, she has endeavored to create evidence-based programming that inspires dialogue and motivates change. Currently, she is working on a few documentaries, a couple of stage plays, and a scripted (dramatic) series, When Harlem Was in Vogue, based in part on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Levering Lewis.
Recent projects and credits:
Streaming: Inside Story
Credit: Story by (shared)
Theatrical and broadcast release throughout sub-Saharan Africa, directed by Rolie Nikiwe
Free worldwide streaming, Snag Films, click here
Purchase digital copy (US only, Amazon or iTunes) - proceeds to the non-profit Discovery Learning Alliance
FREE downloads outside US only, available in Kiswahili, French, Portuguese, English - click here
Streaming : Slavery by Another Name
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon, directed by Sam Pollard
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne
Broadcast premiere, PBS, February 2012, reaching about 5 million viewers in its first week
Official selection, 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Watch online (free) -- click here
Free online press, classroom, and community materials, including photos, click here; reviews, click here
See also the Created Equal initiative from the NEH and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
In theaters: Jerusalem (IMAX 3D)
Credit: Contributing writer
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Premiered fall 2013
For theaters: click here
A Conversation with Selma Archive Producer Kenn Rabin, in The American Historian,
February 2015 - information about working on director Ava DuVernay's Selma.
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