Bernal Beach founder Susan Stern has produced awarding-winning poetry, investigative journalism and films. Her documentaries Barbie Nation and The Self-Made Man played worldwide at festivals and on television, winning two Emmy nominations; the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award; a CINE Gold Eagle and a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Susan’s investigations of admissions at a University of California medical school unseated a bigoted member of the admissions committee. Her exposé of Bay Area military base closings was credited by the Wall Street Journal with “saving thousands of local jobs.” Her 1980 cover story “Killer Cops” exposed the political underpinnings of police brutality.

Bernal Beach Films collaborates with many talented writers, cinematographers, editors, animators and designers.

  • Jennifer Chinlund edited The Self-Made Man. She has edited many documentaries, including: Strong! (Independent Lens); Butte, America (Independent Lens); Discovering Dominga (POV); Secrets of Silicon Valley (Independent Lens); Coming to Light: Edward Curtis and the North American Indian (ITVS and American Masters and the Emmy Award-winning, Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter (POV).