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TROOP 1500

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars


Filmmaker Bios

A red tinted photo portrait of two Caucasian women posing together; the woman on the left has short dark hair and wears a black shirt and a beaded necklace; the woman on the right has dark hair with blonde highlights, she wears black-framed glasses and black clothes
Ellen Spiro (left), Karen Bernstein (right)

Ellen Spiro

Ellen Spiro has created many documentaries, including Diana’s Hair Ego, Greetings from Out Here, Roam Sweet Home, Atomic Ed and the Black Hole and TROOP 1500. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Rockefeller Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, among others. Spiro’s work has won numerous awards and has shown in such museums as the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art. Her films have been broadcast worldwide on PBS, HBO, BBC, CBC (Canada) and NHK (Japan).

Karen Bernstein

Karen Bernstein has spent the last 15 years in documentary production, most notably as series producer for PBS’s American Masters, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Grammy Award for documentaries on Ella Fitzgerald and Lou Reed, respectively. She produced and directed Are the Kids Alright? for PBS and has produced documentaries for the Sundance Channel, HBO and Gallery HD.

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