Brian Gersten is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and non-fiction writer based in NYC. Brian quickly grew fond of storytelling while growing up in Chicago, and has since crisscrossed the country documenting countless stories on film and on paper. Brian received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado in 2010, and graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2012. From there, he began working as an intern at Kartemquin Films and eventually became the outreach coordinator for the Emmy-award winning KTQ film "The Trials of Muhammad Ali".
Brian then shifted his focus to producing and directing his own documentaries, and in 2016 he completed an M.F.A in documentary film at Wake Forest University. Over the years, Brian's films have gone on to screen at notable film festivals across the country and overseas. Brian's documentary short "The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner" is currently streaming on PBS, and his most recent short "Caviar Dreams" is in the midst of a successful festival run. Brian's writing has been published in the likes of Sunday Salon, Gastronomica, YES! Magazine, and Hot Doug's: The Book.
  • Director (6 Credits)
    The Great Toilet Paper Scare
    Animation, Documentary, Short
    The Grey Zone2018
    Documentary, Short
    Shangri-La, North Carolina2015
    Documentary, Short, Student
    The Doll Hospital2015
    Documentary, Short
    The Amazing Mr. Ash2014
    Documentary, Short
    The Statue of Misery2013
    Short
  • Producer (3 Credits)
    The Grey Zone2018
    Documentary, Short
    The Amazing Mr. Ash2014
    Documentary, Short
    The Statue of Misery2013
    Short
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    The Statue of Misery2013
    Short
Special Jury Mention
The Amazing Mr. Ash
Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest)
Chicago, IL
2015
Nominated for Best Documentary
The Amazing Mr. Ash
Arpa International Film Fest
Hollywood, CA
2014
Audience Award
The Amazing Mr. Ash
Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Fest
Chicago, IL
2014
College
University of Colorado at Boulder
Journalism
20062010
College
Wake Forest University
Documentary Film
20142016
Current City
New York
Hometown
Chicago
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