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Debra A. Pearlman

Debra Pearlman honed her storytelling and technical skills working at VideoWorks, one of New York’s top post-production facilities, where she was part of the original MTV on-air promotions crew. Her other clients included television and cable stations, advertising agencies, music video producers and independent feature film producers.

Debra went to northern New York, where she developed a niche shooting, editing and producing sports programming for ESPN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and HBO. She produced her fist 16mm film, “Hamlet,” for the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY. Subsequent films included re-versioning Hiking the High Peaks and Canoeing the Adirondacks.

Debra’s film and video expertise lead to work for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she produced and edited many film and video projects. In 1995, her film, Tigers in Crisis: The Global Tiger Campaign, was awarded special recognition and a merit award for Best Conservation Message at the International Wildlife Film Festival. She has worked with the 3 major networks and many of the cable and international broadcasters, including National Geographic, A&E, Discovery Channel, Natural History New Zealand, NHK Japan, and the BBC. Other awards include an Emmy Award for feature news editing and two Telly awards for production of the New York State Empire State Games Opening Ceremonies.

In 2004, Debra expanded into feature films as a producer for the independent short film Frozen River. The film was one of eight short features selected for the 2004 New York Film Festival. Her current projects include Caring for Mom, a documentary about keeping your aging, ailing parent at home; and Women Hunters, a film about how women are redefining their role in America.

Debra received a BFA in photography and television from Emerson College. Her production company, Pearl Productions is based in Cambridge, NY; where she is also partner of EarthRising Communications.

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