Susan Steinberg: Reviews and Contact

CONTACT:

Producer/Director Susan Steinberg
email: sds48@me.com
Hampstead, London
 
SELECTED CREDITS
 
DIRECTOR /PRODUCER/WRITER/ EDITOR:

“ATLANTIC RECORDS: THE HOUSE THAT AHMET BUILT”
for American Masters/WNET/PBS NY

Emmy Award nominee, Best edited documentary and Best Musical program
 
Two hour special for Public Television series American Masters
Writer/Director and Co-Producer. Produced for the ‘AMERICAN MASTERS’ Series WNET/13 PBS May 2007. A viographical journey with mr. Ahemt Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, the son of theTurkish Amabassor toFrance, England and the USA..

“The filmmaker Susan Steinberg takes a perceptive approach to her subject, having Mr. Ertegun interviewed by a revolving cast of music-world gods and egomaniacs: figures like Ms. Aretha Franklin and Mr. Eric Clapton, but also Robert Plant, Lyor Cohen, David Geffen, Mick Jagger, Phil Collins and Mr. Ray Charles (in his last filmed interview). This could have seemed forced, but the reverse is true: the scenes come alive in part because both players have roughly equal status and really do come through as a series of conversations, with both parties seeming to enlighten each other.”
New York Times May 2007

“EDWARD R. MURROW: THIS REPORTER”
for American Masters/WNET/PBS NY

Emmy Award.  Directors Guild of America nomination for Best Director of a documentary.  Cine Golden Eagle, American Cinema Editors, Best edited documentary.

Two part Documentary on Edward R Murrow. who was the father of broadcast journalism and America’s most influential practitioner. Not only did he set the standard of integrity in  journalism, but his London based radio broadcasts during the blitz, helped convince America to drop it’s policy of isolation and fight along side Britain and France.
Ten years later, in the 1950’s, Murrow  was the sole television journalist to risk his career  taking on the notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy. Murrow’s life reads like a Shakespearian tragedy.

“A definitive TV portrait of America’s greatest broadcast journalist…. a first-rate show . . .for anyone interested in the history of broadcasting, this two-parter is a must.”
The Associated Press

“Best of all, it selects, with uncommon and impressive care and taste, those moments from the Murrow radio and TV archives that resonate with the most power, intelligence and innovation.”
New York Post, David Bianculli

“. . . important and impressive . . . the radio segments selected by Steinberg are mesmerizing.”
Los Angeles Times, Howard  Rosenberg

“. . . a poignant and enriching documentary.”
Chicago Sun-Times, Daniel Ruth

“The biographical material alone makes “Edward R. Murrow” a superb production.  Even better is the analysis of Murrow’s contributions.  This is a program that would have made him proud.”
Kansas City Star

“DON HEWITT: 90 MINUTES ON 60 MINUTES”
for American Masters/WNET/PBS NY

Emmy Award Nomination, Cine Golden Eagle

Getting into the world of ‘60 Minutes’ is like getting inside the world of BBC’s  ‘Panarama’. ‘60 Minutes’ was the first program to turn television news into profit.  And “90 Minutes on 60 Minutes” is not only a profile of the man who created it, but of the institution itself. This is an access based, behind the scenes, documentary special on America, and much of the world’s, most watched TV news magazine program.

“Tonight’s American Masters profile of broadcast journalist Don Hewitt is itself a brilliant piece of broadcast journalism.”
New York Daily News, Eric Mink

“Filmmaker Susan Steinberg decided to focus on the process of putting the show together, and she got unprecedented access to do so.  What results is a fascinating inside look at famous egos going about the mundane details of their work, fussing and fighting all the way.”
Newsweek

“Don Hewitt:  90 Minutes on 60 Minutes catches the personality of the man and his creation . . . a smart profile that is also an appreciation of the effort and skill that goes into first-rate television journalism.”
The New York Times, Walter Goodman

“Not even Mike Wallace could have done a better job of catching this tiger [Hewitt] in the middle of one big roar.”
TV Guide, The Robins Report

“GOLD FEVER”
WGBH Boston/PBS ‘The American Experience’ & Co-Producer Channel 4
‘Secret Histories’

Shot entirely on location in the Klondike and Alaska .  A narrative, documentary film that combines original footage, dramatic recreations, stills and archive film to tell the story of one of the 19th centuries greatest civilian adventures. Produced and filmed, through all four seasons, the film chronicles the triumph of optimism in the face of man’s follies and the desperate condition of harsh reality.

“A wonderfully evocative film, telling of a human endeavor that lurked between the noble and the clinically mad . . . “If you’re not there, you’re not alive,” ran one newspaper headline of the time.  It was almost true.”
The Daily Express [London]

“An elegant film.”
The Independent

“PAUL SIMON: BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME”
for American Masters/WNET/PBS NY & Southbank Show”

Peabody Award,
Directors Guild of America  Best Director of a documentary.
Invited to The Sundance Film Festival.

A biographical musical journey with singer. songwriter Paul Simon, from his teenage days with Art Garfunkle, in Queens, New York, to his solo career around the globe. Working with the sounds of South Africa and the rhythms of Brazil, he went from a mere ‘folksinger’ to becoming a force in the world of popular music.

“This is more than a film, or a concert, or just another look at a pop icon.
This is a biography, a solid documentary effort that takes a broad look at and around its subject in order to bring back something greater and put it in perspective.  It’s a front-row center backstage pass reflection of the man.”
Hollywood Reporter, Rick Sherwood

“Susan Steinberg gives us an in-depth study of a man it seems impossible to know.”
New York Newsday, John Anderson

“Equal parts critical bio and tour documentary, this Paul Simon profile is an exemplary reappearance of PBS’ American Masters series, in which an artist’s creative development is yoked to his human progress . . . this does it with intelligence and grace.”
USA Today

“I was expecting music and biographical insights, and got plenty of both.  What I wasn’t expecting was tense drama and an emotional roller-coaster ride — but I got plenty of that too — painstakingly structured . . . this American Masters profile is a class act, about another class act.  Like Simon’s music and lyrics, it leaves you entertained, impressed and enriched.”  – New York Post

“HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”
‘Pluggin In’ Warner Television

Emmy nomination best documentary series

Opening program for the 13 part Warner Bros. TV series, ‘History of Rock n’Roll”.
From Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix, this episode is about the transformation of folk  music into rock n’roll.

The strongest episodes cover punk and the development of folk rock.  Episode 4, “Plugging In,” which covers Dylan and his influence from 1964 through ‘69, works the best, which is produced and directed by Susan Steinberg.
Daily Variety

“The team behind this ambitious series is out at every turn to brighten the journey with imagination and, crucially, rare footage.”
Los Angeles Times, Robert Hilburn

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR:  (Other selected credits)

“THE AMERICAN NOVEL”: 12 HOUR SERIES FOR WNET/13-AMERICAN MASTERS SERIES -PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR  OF 2 X 2  HOUR EPISODES. 2 X 2 HOUR SCRIPTS. (Script Form only)

“MATERNITY WARD”: 2 X 1 HOUR PROGRAMS – PILOT FOR SERIES ON THE LEARNING CHANNEL- NYT TV

“LARRY FLYNT: THE PEOPLE’S PORNOGRAPHER“: CRIME STORIES SPECIAL. COURT TV. .

RAY CHARLES“: AMERICAN MASTERS 1 hour documentary.

“ADOPTIONS: REAL STORIES“: 1 HOUR PROGRAM “SECOND CHANCES’ HALLMARK ENT.

“SCIENCE TIMES”: 30 MIN SEGMENT ON THOROUGHBRED RACING & HORSE GENOME MAP- NYT TV & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV

“TELEVISION REWIRED“: 1 HOUR POV AFFAIRS PROGRAM. 13/WNET

“ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME MUSEUM”: 2 X 3 SCREEN, FIFTEEN-MINUTE, FILM INSTALLATIONS FOR THEATERS IN THE
ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME  MUSEUM, IN CLEVELAND, OHIO- USA.

EGG“- THE ART SHOW  – WNET-13

EDITOR:  (Selected Credits) Feature Films & Television:

“W. EUGENE SMITH: PHOTOGRAPHY MADE DIFFICULT”: EMMY AWARD winning 90 min. docu-drama for AMERICAN MASTERS series on PBS.

“ROCKERS”: Dramatic Feature- Chosen for Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight and Filmex.  Distributed by New Yorker Films

“THE CHILDREN’S STORY”: Mobile Showcase Theater. Producer, Director, Writer: James Clavell. NBC

“LIFELINE”: Emmy award- winning NBC Hour Series. Producer: Al Kellman.
“COCKSUCKER BLUES“: ROBERT FRANK’S Feature Documentary contrasting life on & off the stage of the Rolling Stones. Producer: Mick Jagger,   Director: Robert Frank.

THE AMERICAN FAMILY“: EMMY AWARD . A seminal documentary series on “The Loud Family”.  asst-editor WNET/ PBS TV.

“GIMME SHELTER”: Feature Documentary on the Rolling Stones Tour of America.  Asst-editor.  Directors:  Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin.

 TEACHING:    
Guest Lecturer: Tate Modern London, University of Southern California,
Columbia  University, The New School University,
Maine Photographic & TV Workshop
Adjunct Professor : New York University, Tisch School of the Arts,
Swansea Institute of Art & Design-Research Fellowship.

AFFILIATIONS:  
Directors Guild of America, Writer’s Guild of America, N.Y. Women in Film

EDUCATION:      

American Film Institute- Los Angeles, Calif. Director Fellow- Post Grad

University of California – Los Angeles, Calif.  M.F.A.

Circle in the Square – Theater Directing,

Sorbonne – Paris, France

Swansea Institute of Art & Design; Research Fellowship

Birmingham City University= part time lectures

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