Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

('95SOA and '94SOA)

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are an award-winning documentarian and feature-filmmaking team. Their award-winning debut, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s, depicted the closing of a Los Angeles restaurant and celebrity hang-out from the point of view of its staff. Both USA Today and CNN selected it as one of the 10 best movies of 1998. In 2003, their Harvey Pekar biopic American Splendor, starring Paul Giamatti, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Current project Cinéma Verité, a documentary on the filming of PBS’s landmark 1973 show An American Family, will air on HBO in April. Other films include The Young and the Dead; Hello, He Lied & Other Truths from the Hollwood Trenches; Wanderlust; The Nanny Diaries; and The Extra Man. Berman and Springer are married and live in New York City.

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