1. Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Danielle Bernstein. I am a filmmaker and run Clear Films Productions and Gallery L1 in Atlanta, GA.
2. Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I grew up in Atlanta, GA. Spent a lot of time outside and was lucky enough to travel when I was younger. I think the exposure to new people and places influences my work today. My parents also collected photography so I grew up around a lot of art. My high school had a great arts program and I ended up studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Art.
3. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
My progression toward film was very organic. I entered The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a photography portfolio, fell in love with sculpture, was totally inspired and changed by physical process and I spent most of my time in the casting studio trying to capture the space in between objects.
I started collaborating with long-time friend Anne Slick on installations and took a 16mm class and was hooked. I switched gears and ended with a thesis project in Documentary Film.
Ultimately, the collaboration of vision and talent is what still attracts me to film. It constantly pushed me to learn and expand my perspectives.
4. Who or what do you most admire?
Individuals and hard workers from any walk of life.
5. What do you love about Atlanta?
I like the diversity and the different neighborhoods, the pace of life and the green space.
6. What do you fear most for Atlanta?
I fear that Atlanta will eventually run out of water and that our public eduction system will completely fall apart.
7. What do you hope for Atlanta in the next 20 years?
That it invests in public transportation, more community building and better education.