MFA, American Film Institute
Alexander Berman is the child of immigrants from Russia
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Film Production at American Film Institute
Alexander was born in Skokie, IL to Russian-Jewish parents who met in this country as medical residents.
Admitted to Harvard University, he soon began writing and directing a series of short films. Alex graduated from Harvard in June, 2010 with a BA in visual and environmental studies. He then completed an MFA in film production at American Film Institute.
His greatest success was a 24-minute documentary, Songs from the Tundra, which was nominated for three international film festivals and won the Grand Jury Prize in the student competition at the Provincetown International Film Festival. A product of his work with the director of Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, this film beautifully documents life among an indigenous reindeer-herding community on the remote Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East, not far from where his mother had been born.
While at AFI, Alexander won a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year to return to Kamchatka to write and film a follow-on documentary, The Volcano People, about the reindeer herders. He was recognised in 2012 by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation for his production work on the movie APP.