Shari Berman

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"When you’re editing, you have to be willing to show people your work and get feedback because you’re in the room, and as the director living with it, and you have to be willing to cut things out in massive chunks of your film. Just chop them out if they’re not working. You can’t be afraid to do that."



Welcome back to Nothing Shines Like Dirt Episode 31. Elise & Lesley sit down with director/editor Shari Berman. They discuss working with Tony Award winning actress Alice Ripley, an editor's brain on set, and Pink Midst; ghosts in the attic with bizarre grandmothers.

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My Life As Abe | Sugar | Pink Midst

Shari Berman. Award winning filmmaker. Member of Film Fatales & The FilmmakeHers. Shari’s two features and breakout short have all garnered awards and her work has played at festivals around the world including the Sarasota Film Festival, the St. Louis International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Shari is the producer/director/writer/editor of the feature MY LIFE AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (rave reviews from The New York Times, Variety, Film Journal International and others), the director/editor of the feature SUGAR! (Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley, SAG Award Winner Robert Clohessy) and the co-producer/director/writer/co-editor of her breakout 3-D Expressionist film – THE TRIAL OF JACK. Shari began editing as a small child by cutting puzzle pieces to make them fit as she thought best. Though her older sister did not appreciate her talents, Shari knew she was on to something. She has edited music videos, documentaries, web series episodes, and narrative feature films. Credits include IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HARRIETS, ELLE DECO: BEHIND THE DESIGN, ROYALLY, A SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO LIVING AND DYING. Shari is also a producer on the feature film THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT, which premiered at Rotterdam and played at BAM. Shari grew up in the Bronx and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog. Shari offers her skills pro bono to advocacy groups, volunteers at East Rockaway JR/SR High School as choreographer for the school’s musicals, and is one of the NY Chapter Leaders of Film Fatales.