Local filmmaker highlights history, community


Daniel Pierce Bergin is an award-winning television producer, media educator, and independent filmmaker. He was hired at Twin Cities Public Television right after college, and in the past 15 years he co-created Don’t Believe the Hype – a ground-breaking media literacy project for youth of color, produced a profile on Cass Gilbert, the architect of the State Capitol, and his literary history documentary, Literature & Life: The Givens Collection, featuring an interview with Gordon Parks, was named the Best History Documentary at the Prized Pieces International Black Film Festival.

His award-winning children’s film Zero Street played on public TV stations and at film festivals throughout the nation. His Emmy-award winning history documentary, North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers earned him recognition as one of the state’s “Artists of the Year” in the Twin Cities weekly, City Pages. His short dramatic film, The Death of Tommy Grimes, adapted from a Civil Rights–era short story recently premiered at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and will be featured in the upcoming Twin Cities Black Film Festival.

Bergin was a 1998 Minnesota State Arts Board Fellow and has been a board member for several community media organizations. He has worked as an artist-in-residence in countless classrooms and has lectured and consulted on media art issues for a range of organizations and institutions. Daniel Bergin’s leadership in media arts was recognized through the Bush Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship in 2001.

Listen to the interview “here”:http://www.mnartists.org/uploads/news/0d455c403282dce817edea687103b002/0d455c403282dce817edea687103b002.mp3