Katie Bernstein is a documentary filmmaker and audio producer interested in issues surrounding inequality, gender, labor, power and environmental justice. She’s also interested in documenting folk artists, musicians and other people building alternative worlds and imaginative futures.
Katie’s audio work has appeared on KQED’s California Report Magazine. She works at KQED as an on-call producer and previously worked as an investigative researcher for the California Reporting Project, mining newly-released police misconduct files and use of force records.
She’s also worked as an assistant editor and associate producer on a forthcoming feature documentary about visionary musician and composer Terry Riley directed by Amy Miller. She is the 2020 Brian Pollack Fellow in documentary filmmaking at the School and was a recipient of the Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting in 2020.
Born in Georgia, and raised up in the West, Katie received her undergraduate degree in American Studies and English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s in post-production on her thesis documentary film with co-director Clara Mokri (’21) about a community of people who live offshore anchored-out on boats near Sausalito and their struggle to stay afloat.