Roger Sherman, Documentary Filmmaker
Cinematographer, Still Photographer, Author
Florentine Films/Sherman Pictures
From Medal of Honor to Israeli Cuisine
The Business and Art of A Documentary Career
About the Speaker:
Filmmaker Roger Sherman’s documentaries have been honored with two Academy Award nominations, an Emmy, and a Peabody award. He is in production on The Search for Israeli Cuisine, a two-hour PBS national primetime special, which he filmed this past November, four weeks shooting all over Israel. The film will be a portrait of the Israeli people – their spirit, creativity, and resilience – told through the lens of food. Editing is about to begin. Click to watch the teaser.
Roger will show clips from the shoot and from his other award winning films. He’ll discuss the challenges and successes of making documentaries: profit and non-profit filmmaking, sponsorship, PBS vs. other advertising buys, budgets, promotion, distribution in the digital age, and related topics.
Sherman’s been making award-winning documentaries for over 30 years; he founded Florentine Films with Ken Burns. His subjects include history, art, culture, food, and social issues.
Of his many films, The Restaurateur (available on Netflix) is a portrait of Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Union Square Café, Shake Shack). Kat Kinsman, writing for CNN’s Eatocracy, said "Beg, borrow as needed, but do yourself a favor and see [this] doc." It won the 2013 James Beard award for Best Documentary, Broadcast Journalism. About Medal of Honor (available on Netflix), The New York Post said, “There won’t be anything more worth your while on TV.” Charlie Rose called Alexander Calder “an extraordinary American masterpiece.” His Don’t Divorce the Children, about the effects of divorce on children, became mandatory viewing in a dozen states for divorcing couples with children. And, The Wall Street Journal said Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds was “Perhaps the best film ever produced in the American Masters PBS series.”
Also a photographer, Roger's work has been published in Newsweek, Saveur, Town and Country, Town and Country Travel and Budget Travel magazines; he also photographed The Brisket Book by Stephanie Pierson.
His book Ready, Steady, Shoot: The Guide to Great Home Video (Andrews McMeel, 2012) was written for the millions of people whose videos of family vacations, milestones, and fun times on smartphones or anything that captures video could use some improvement.
Visit Roger’s website to learn more about him, see film clips, and photographs.