ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS


DORI BERINSTEIN
Director, Writer, and Producer

Dori is a three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and an award-winning director and producer of film and television.

Documentary Features directed and produced by Dori include: Gotta Dance (2008), chronicling the debut of the first-ever, senior citizen hip-hop dance team for the NJ Nets Basketball Team (Audience Award – Palm Beach International Film Festival); Some Assembly Required (SXSW ’07), following kids nationwide competing in a Toy Invention Competition (Best Feature Documentary – International Family Film Festival) and ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway (2007) capturing a Broadway season behind-the-curtain (International Documentary Association – Top 5 Films of 2007; Best Feature Documentary – Florida Film Festival).

As a Broadway Producer, Dori’s 11 show’s include: Legally Blonde (Best Musical – London’s Olivier Awards; Best Musical – Touring Broadway Award), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Best Musical - Tony Award), The Crucible (Tony Nomination), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Play - Tony Award), Fool Moon (Special Tony Award), Flower Drum Song (Tony Nomination), Enchanted April (Tony Nomination) and Golden Child (Tony Nomination).

Dori is the 2009 recipient of Broadway’s Robert Whitehead Award for ‘outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing’.

Dori is currently working with DreamWorks Theatricals and has served as an executive, consultant and/or Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Sony Pictures, MTV, Vestron Pictures and Paramount Pictures.


HARLAN BOLL
Co-Producer

Once described by Esther Williams as a trusted voice for her generation, B. Harlan Böll operates a Southern CA based PR firm specializing in literary, personality, theatrical and event PR.  A partial list of current clients include a who's who of classic Hollywood including Carol Channing, Esther Williams, Tippi Hedren, Richard Sherman, Rose Marie, Rip Taylor, Jerry Herman, Romi Dames, Charles Fox, Alison Arngrim, The Magic Castle and Bob Hope Enterprises, Inc.  BHBPR's philantropic endeavors currently include various non-profits including; The Actors Fund (Actorsfund.org), The Roar Foundation/Shambala Preserve (Shambala.org), The National Association to PROTECT Children (Protect.org) and The Dr. Carol Channing/Harry Kullijian Foundation (carolchanning.org).


ADAM ZUCKER
Writer and Editor

Adam Zucker is a documentary editor and filmmaker. He has collaborated on two other films with Dori Berinstein--editing “Gotta Dance” and co-editing “Show Business”. Other edited documentaries include Rory Kennedy’s “American Hollow” (HBO) and “Homestead Steel Strike” (History Channel, “Ten Days That Changed America” series), Michael Kantor’s “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS), “Madison Davis Lacy’s Free to Dance” (2001) and “Richard Wright: Black Boy” (PBS), Ken Burns and Steve Ives’ “The West” (PBS) and Josef Astor’s recent “Lost Bohemia”.

His independent film “Greensboro: Closer to the Truth” (2007) told the story of the survivors of 1979’s Greensboro Massacre, in which the KKK murdered five Communists, and the country’s first Truth and Reconciliation Commission which recently re-examined the event. Greensboro screened at over 30 festivals in the U.S. and abroad, receiving the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Rome International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Dead Center Film Festival. In addition, the film has been shown at dozens of universities and educational settings, including the United Nations. Adam has received grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, Jerome Foundation, New York State Councils on the Arts and the Southern Humanities Media Fund, among many others.


ROB VANALKEMADE
Director of Photography

Rob VanAlkemade was an interviewer and videographer for Steven Spielberg's “Survivors of the Shoah” Visual History Foundation from 1995-98 while earning an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York. He has since been a director, producer, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor on a variety of documentary and broadcast  productions. In 2006 his short film “Preacher With An Unknown God” won a Sundance Jury Award, and in 2007 he directed the  Morgan Spurlock-produced theatrical feature “What Would Jesus Buy”, about saving Christmas from the Shopocalypse. Rob is currently directing the feature doc “Training for the Apocalypse”, which won a Pacific Pioneer grant in Nov, 2010.


CRAIG SHARMAT
Music

Craig Sharmat composes music for TV and Film, and also is an accomplished guitarist whose work has been noteworthy in the Smooth Jazz charts. He has scored a wide variety of reality TV shows, TV animation, television commercials, and documentary movies. He has also played guitar on thousands of cues and backed up a number of commercial artists as guitarist and or arranger. His second album "Outside In" contains the song "Ease Up" which rose to No.2 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts.

The story of legendary performer Carol Channing's life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. In CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE, director Dori Berinstein (ShowBusiness, Gotta Dance), with co-writer Adam Zucker, captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon – both onstage and off...past and present.  The film is both an intimate love story and a rarefied journey inside Broadway's most glamorous era.  It is, above all, a look at an inspiring, incomparable and always entertaining American legend.