Author: Erica Berenstein

Erica Berenstein is The Independent’s editorial associate. She is working on becoming a freelance writer and documentary filmmaker. She recently produced two documentary videos in Zambia and is in the process of editing a third.


Articles Written by Erica Berenstein:

Q/A: Chris Hegedus, Nick Doob, and D.A. Pennebaker

In 1993, The Independent ran a story about The War Room, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. The film followed Bill Clinton’s 1992 election campaign from inside campaign headquarters. This year, Hegedus, along with Nick Doob, the cinematographer on The War Room, released Al Franken: God Spoke, an intimate portrait of Al Franken’s growing… Read more »

Mentors for Media Makers

“We were starving artists. Starving to feed ourselves on celluloid and barbequed chicken,” recalls filmmaker Ron Mann of the time during the late ‘70s when he hitchhiked from Paris to Cannes, slept on the beach, and carried his sleeping bag to meetings with producers. Somewhere along that route, he met director Frederick Marx (Hoop Dreams,… Read more »

Show Us Your Shorts

“I don’t know how big of a historian you are,” begins David Dundas, one of the founders of YouAreTV, a video hosting site launched at the beginning of this year. “But this whole technology thing is kind of equivalent to when the printing press came out.” A printing press of sorts, indeed. Websites that provide… Read more »