Directors: Independent–Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Shari Springer Berman (born July 13, 1963) and Robert Pulcini (born August 24, 1964) are American indie filmmakers.

Both Springer Berman and Pulcini were born in New York City. Springer Berman graduated from Wesleyan University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Pulcini graduated from Rutgers University-Camden. Both filmmakers received master’s degrees in film from Columbia University.

The couple married in 1994. Springer Berman is Jewish and Pulcini is of Italian descent.

With their first feature American Splendor, Springer Berman and Pulcini earned an Oscar Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 2010, The Extra Man premiered at the Sundance festival.

The Emmy-winning Cinema Verite, a 2011 HBO Drama film, premiered on April 23, 2011.


Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s (1997)

The Young and the Dead (2000)

Hello, He Lied & Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches (2002)

American Splendor (2003)

Wanderlust (2006)
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
The Extra Man (2010)
Cinema Verite (2011)
Girl Most Likely (2012)
Ten Thousand Saints (2015)
Things Heard and Seen (2021)

Career Patterns

In a career spanning 25 years, the couple has made ten films, only two or three of which are artistically notable. The rest are all disappointments, of one kind or another.