Sandra Schulberg and Beth B share an interest in loosening received ideas about what is acceptable when it comes to the human body. As Beth B developed EXPOSED, Schulberg gradually became more and more involved in helping to shape the finished film, serving chiefly as an intellectual interlocutor and editing consultant for B, and strategizing about the eventual positioning and release of the film.
Sandra Schulberg’s career spans many years as a producer, film financier, and advocate for “off-Hollywood” filmmakers. She spent seven years in Europe as a senior executive for American Playhouse/Playhouse International Pictures, where she was involved in the financing and marketing of more than two dozen Playhouse movies, including I Shot Andy Warhol, Angels & Insects, Amateur, Safe, and Julie Taymor’s first film, Fool’s Fire. She spent three years managing film investment for Hollywood Partners, a private German media fund, serving as executive producer for the Oscar-nominated Quills, Undisputed, and Adrienne Shelly’s first movie I’ll Take You There, among others. Under her own banner, she produced John Hanson’s Wildrose and Jill Godmilow’s Waiting for the Moon (Sundance Grand Prize winner); line produced Glen Pitre’s Belizaire the Cajun; co-produced Ann Hu’s Shadow Magic, which was entirely shot in Beijing. She also raised finishing funds for Barbara Kopple’s Woodstock film, My Generation. The first two movies she associate produced – Alambrista and Northern Lights – won the Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, and she handled the international sales.
In 2003, she became interested in the use of film as an instrument of public diplomacy, and has led the effort to preserve and revive the films of the Marshall Plan (almost 300 titles). Her 40-film retrospective, Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan, 1948-1953, was featured at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival, and a 25-title series premiered at the New York Film Festival and has traveled to a dozen North American cities. On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, she presented Marshall Plan film programs in various European countries during 2007, 2008, and 2009. She is at work on a multi-disc DVD collection, which includes interviews with Marshall Plan filmmakers and scholars.
In 2009, in collaboration with the US, German, & Dutch archives, she completed the restoration of her father’s film, Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today [The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration], the official U.S. government documentary about the first Nuremberg trial, and she is writing a book called The Celluloid Noose about the hunt for Nazi film evidence presented at the trial.
Founding Director of the IFP, the largest organization of American independent filmmakers in the US, she is currently launching IndieCollect, a campaign to preserve indie films & digital materials at partner archives around the US.
She holds a BA from Swarthmore College (in Anthropology & Linguistics), and has begun a Master’s in Public Diplomacy at USC’s Annenberg School on Communications. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts, where she teaches Feature Film Financing and International Co-Production. Born in Paris, she is fluent in French, Spanish and German.
To reach Sandra Schulberg: SSchulberg@aol.com