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Charles Berkowitz

Based in Oakland, California, USA


A graduate of Bard College and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Charles has been working in film and television production for the last 17 years. He produced his first feature-length documentary, “Achilles In Vietnam”, as an undergraduate thesis, followed by the film, “Odysseus in America”, which used Homer’s Odyssey as a metaphor for modern soldiers returning home from war. The filmmaker Peter Davis wrote of "Achilles in Vietnam", "My own film on Vietnam, "Hearts and Minds" has now been in circulation over twenty-five years. I'm glad I made it, glad to have received an Academy Award for it, glad it's being seen by a new generation, but if I had my choice of showing our policymakers Berkowitz' film or mine, I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to choose his."


Charles is currently working on a documentary about the emergency services of the Central Valley titled, "Mercy". 

Prior to working in film, Charles worked for over a decade as a 9-1-1 paramedic in Hell's Kitchen, Harlem, and Brooklyn as well as abroad, providing medical care following natural disasters. He is a co-founder of the volunteer disaster relief agency, NYC Medics, and has traveled with them to Azad Kashmir, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Rousseau, Dominica and Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. 


Charles has worked for a variety of production companies and television shows such as CBS News, 60 Minutes, Frontline PBS, Vice Media, Actual Films, and Steeplechase Films.


For Slow Clap Productions, he has edited videos for clients such as Apple, Marvel, eBay, Appian, Dolby, Adobe, Eidos-Montréal, Sharkmob Games, Formosa Interactive, TED, Adventist Health, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of CA, Webflow and The Port of San Francisco. He has also worked on documentaries including Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s, “Athlete A”, Pete Nick’s, “Homeroom”, and Jim Lebrecht’s, “Crip Camp”. He believes in the universal and transformative power of stories.

In his free time, you’ll find Sandy playing music, fly fishing writing, taking photos and hiking around the Bay Area with his pup, Remy.



  • William C. Mullen Memorial Fund

        Issued by Bard College for support of “There 

         Before the Grace of You Go I", an

         upcoming novel.

  • Margaret and Will Hearst Prize for Excellence in Documentary Film

       Issued by U C, Berkeley, May 2014​ for Master's

         thesis film, "The County of Mercy".

  • Kaiser Permanente Health Policy Journalism Fellowship

          Issued by Kaiser Permanente, Nov 2013


  • Jerome Hill award

          Issued by Bard College for graduate film,

          Achilles in Vietnam, May 2002


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