BIOGRAPHY.

FERNE PEARLSTEIN

A prize-winning director, cinematographer, producer and editor, Ferne Pearlstein is a filmmaker in the fullest sense of the word. Winner of theSundance Cinematography Prize for her work on Ramona Diaz’s IMELDA, and one of only a handful of women featured in Kodak's long-running “On Film” campaign in American Cinematographer, Ferne has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers including Debbie Hoffman, Frances Reid, Amy Hobby & Anne Hubbell (of Tangerine Entertainment), Deborah Dickson, and Linda Goode Bryant. She has shot in places as diverse as Haiti, Uganda, and Guyana, and snuck her 16mm camera from the refugee camps of Thailand across the border into the rebel bases of the Karen Liberation Army in Burma. Fernebegan developing herkeeneye with a degree from the International Center of Photography before earning her Masters in Documentary Film at Stanford. Since her first student film premiered at Sundance, she has had four features premiere at Tribeca, most recently her critically acclaimed film The Last Laugh, which concerns free speech, an urgent issue in the present political climate. The Last Laugh was released theatrically in over 25 cities, aired on PBS’s Independent Lens, and screened at over 100 festivals including London, HotDocs, Rome, and IDFA.

HONORS

TRIBECA

2003

2006

2015

2016

WORLD PREMIERE

Director 

   Sumo East and West (2004)

   The Last Laugh (2015)

Producer

   Land of the Blind (2006)

   When I Live My Life Over Again (2015)

DOC10 Chicago

High Falls

FilmFest Aspen

Teaneck Int'l 

OPENING NIGHT FILM

The Last Laugh 2016-2018

SUNDANCE

"Excellence in 

Cinematography"

(IMELDA)

2004

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Sundance Cinematography Prize 

Imelda (Directed by Ramona Diaz) 2004

Brooklyn Jewish

Hall of Fame

Inducted

2018

SF Jewish

Berlin Jewish

Miami Jewish

​Philadelphia Jewish

Boston Jewish​

Jacob Burns

Annapolis

CENTERPIECE FILM

FilmFest Aspen

Westfield Int'l

Teaneck Int'l

Director's View

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Best Film

   The Last Laugh (2017)

Woman in Film Award  

   Ferne Pearlstein (2017)

Special Recognition Award  

   Ferne Pearlstein (2017)

Best Film

   Sumo East and West (2004)

Australian Jewish 

Lighthouse Int'l 

Silicon Valley 

York Jewish 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

The Last Laugh 2016-2018

The Last Laugh 2016-2018

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