Sheila Curran Bernard

Sheila Curran Bernard is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose credits include the PBS series Eyes on the Prize and I’ll Make Me a World. This article is adapted from her book, Documentary Storytelling for Film and Videomakers, published in October 2003 by Focal Press. For more information, see

2nd edition published January 2007

Great to see this article here, and I'm thrilled by the return of The Independent! Just wanted to let people know that there's now an updated edition, "Documentary Storytelling: Making Stronger and More Dramatic Nonfiction Films," with new interviews, film case studies and more. Available thru Focal Press,,, and elsewhere.