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Diana Friedberg - Film Career
DIANA FRIEDBERG (nee GINSBERG) ACE

• Member of American Cinema Editors (ACE) and co-chair of the Intern Program (1996 -2014)
• MFA in Cinema production, USC 1976
• BA Drama, University of Cape Town 1967
• Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music in Speech and Drama 1964

Worked on panels for Women in Film International, a group working within WOMEN IN FILM and organized many international events with visiting filmmakers. (1974 -1976)

2017 – Recipient of American Cinema Editors Heritage Award


EDITOR/PRODUCER
NON-FICTION AND REALITY

WORLD ON A STRING   5-part award-winning documentary series - BEAD SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES (2001 -2008)
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/PHOTOGRAPHY/EDITOR

WORLD ON A STRING
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

IN QUEST OF THE BEST Traveler magazine –2007
PARTS 1, 2, and 3 - Honorary award from Associated Press, V.I.P

Part 1: The Eternal Bead
Gold Ava Award, 2008
Communicator Award, 2008
Blingy Award, 2007
Cine Golden Eagle, 2005
Telly Silver Screen Award, 2006
Chris Awards: Honorable Mention, 2005
US International Film & Video Festival: Silver Screen Award, 2005

Part 2: The Tiny Mighty Bead
Platinum Ava Award, 2008
Blingy Award, 2007
Telly: Bronze Award, 2006
Davey Award, 2006
US International Film & Video Festival: Certificate of Excellence, 2005
Chris Awards: Honorable Mention, 2005

Part 3: The Sacred Bead
Gold Ava Award, 2008
Communicator Award, 2008
Blingy Award, 2007
US International Film & Video Festival: Silver Screen Award, 2006
New York Film Festival: Bronze Award, 2007
Chris Awards: Honorable Mention, 2006
Telly: Bronze Award, 2007

Part 4: The Treasured Bead
Diamond Blingy Award, 2008
Gold Davey Award, 2008

Part 5: A Passion for Beads
Cine Golden Eagle, 2009
Gold Communicator Award, 2009
US International film and Video Fest, Silver Screen Award 2009
Telly: Bronze Award, 2008
Honorable Mention Ava Award, 2008
Emerald Blingy Award, 2008
Gold Davey Award, 2008

A SACRED DUTY   Jewish Vegetarian Society America

SILVER CHRIS AWARD 2008
SILVER SCREEN AWARD 2008 US International Film and Video Festival 2008
GREEN APPLE AWARD

PRODUCER/EDITOR
DRAMATIC SHORT FILMS

INFOMERCIALS on global warming   SUPREME MASTER TV

8 Short films for Disney Educational:
DARE TO CARE Starring Edward James Olmos
I'M NO FOOL Three short films starring Elijah Wood
THE WONDERS OF LIFE Three short films incorporating Bob Kurtz animation
IF I'M LYIN', I'M DYIN'

3 CINE GOLDEN EAGLE Awards
GOLD APPLE award
GOLD MEDAL Houston Film Festival

ACROSS THE RUBICON   Producer/Editor Feature documentary starring Pieter-Dirk Uys and other leading political figures in South Africa's apartheid political system. PBS and worldwide distribution.
ZEPRA INTERNATIONAL

MYSTERIES UNDERGROUND   Associate Producer 1-hour Special NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION
Multiple Emmy awards

EDITOR
REALITY & DOCUMENTARIES

MOMMY DOCS   MPH Entertainment PBS Pilot

DOG WHISPERER   Series 3 seasons MPH Entertainment NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

THE SIMPLE LIFE 3 Bunim Murray FOX

THE BILLIONAIRE - BRANSON’S QUEST FOR THE BEST   Reality Series featuring Sir Richard Branson Bunim Murray FOX

REAL WORLD   Series Bunim Murray Productions MTV

STARTING OVER   First Reality daily soap (30 episodes) Bunim Murray Prods NBC SYNDICATED

SEX EDUCATION   3 DVDs on educational sexual instruction CORPORATE

WEAPONS - PIRATES   Greystone Productions HISTORY CHANNEL

JUNKYARD WARS   5 episodes THE LEARNING CHANNEL

THE BEST OF CALIFORNIA   SYNDICATED

THE GREAT ADVENTURE   FINE LIVING CHANNEL

THE NIGHTCLUB YEARS   2-hour Special MPH Entertainment A & E

LAS VEGAS – BOOMTOWN   2-hour Special MPH Entertainment MSNBC

THE HISTORY OF SEX   5-part series MPH Entertainment HISTORY CHANEL (EMMY CONSIDERATION)

SEX IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY   2- hour series MPH Entertainment THE HISTORY CHANNEL

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES   60 min Reality special Cosgrove-Meurer/Dave Bell Productions NBC

CRUSADERS   Reality series Walt Disney/Buena Vista Productions Special for NBC

THE FOUNDING FATHERS   3 hours MPH Entertainment HISTORY CHANNEL (EMMY CONSIDERATION and winner of CHRIS AWARDS)

100 YEARS, 100 MOVIES – THE WILDER SHORES OF LOVE 10-hour series Mel Stuart Productions TNT/AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS Documentary ALIEN VOICES/LEONARD NIMOY PRODUCTIONS

RACE FOR THE POLES 2-hour Special MPH Entertainment THE LEARNING CHANNEL

TOP SECRET - SCOTLAND YARD and THE MOSSAD Johnny Depp Narrator 2-part series FilmRoos THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS   4-hour Special MPH Entertainment THE HISTORY CHANNEL

LIZA LOU   Short documentary LEONARD NIMOY PRODUCTIONS

SCIENCE AT THE EDGE   3-part series THE LEARNING CHANNEL

LIFEFORCE   5-hour series MPH Entertainment DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL

TRIBUTE TO EDITING OSCAR WINNERS ACE EDDY AWARDS (2001)

HISTORY’S MYSTERIES   THE HISTORY CHANNEL: Produced through FilmRoos and MPH
Entertainment:
  THE INQUISITION   2-hour Special – premier show
  ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY   2 -hour Special
  SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD   2-hour Special
  ROB ROY
  SIR FRANCAIS DRAKE
  THE BLOODY TOWER OF LONDON
  THE TRUE STORY OF MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
  LOURDES
  CAVEMEN – THE NEANDERTHALS
  PROJECT UNDERWORLD – THE MAFIA
  THE ODESSA FILE
  ARABIAN NIGHTS
  TATTOOS
  BLACK DEATH
  BLACK SOX – WORLD SERIES CONSPIRACY
  ROANOKE
  DR.LIVINGSTONE, I PRESUME
  MRS PRESIDENT
  HUMAN SACRIFICE
  PIRATES OF THE BARBARY COAST
  SCOTLAND YARD
  SAINTS AND SINNERS OF THE CALIFORNIA COAST
  THE FIRST AMERICANS
  LOST MUMMIES OF THE INCAS
  SAMURAI
  SACRED PLACES
  REINCARNATION
  THE SCOPES MONKEY TRIAL
  SABOTAGE AT BLACK TOM

(Many of these History Mysteries were first released by A&E under the series title ANCIENT MYSTERIES featuring Leonard Nimoy as host)

BIOGRAPHY SERIES:
  RASPUTIN FilmRoos A&E
  IVAN THE TERRIBLE FilmRoos A&E

MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE:
  BIBLICAL ANGELS FilmRoos A&E

AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF QUEEN ESTHER FilmRoos LIFETIME CHANNEL

GOOD NEWS Network pilot for LUCY GONDA PRODUCTIONS

EDITOR
EPISODIC

RENEGADE 24 Episodes 3 seasons Stephen J. Cannell/New World Entertainment & Stu Segall Productions CBS/SYNDICATION

FEATURES

THE MAN WHO BROKE A THOUSAND CHAINS Editor
Directed by Daniel Mann. Starring Val Kilmer, Kyra Sedgewick, Charles Durning and Sonya Braga.
Released internationally as theatrical feature.
Nominated for 8 CABLE ACE AWARDS. HBO

OLYMPUS FORCE   Editor
Starring Richard Todd, Christopher Lee, Joss Aklynd, Linda Thorson and Ronald Lacey.
ATLANTIS/MULTIMEDIA

DEATH MERCHANTS (B.O.R.N.) Co-Producer/Editor
Starring William Smith, Ross Hagan, Russ Tamblyn, Hoke Howell, P.J. Soles and Amanda Blake. International release. THE MOVIE OUTFIT

SOUTH AFRICAN CREDITS
DOCUMENTARIES AND DRAMATIC TV SHOWS: (1982 -1986)

EDITOR/PRODUCER

LEGACY   6 x 30 min shows portraying the history of the Jewish people in South Africa and the social, political and economic contribution of this minority group to the cultural life of South Africa Astranova Films SABC (SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

ACROSS THE RUBICON   Astranova Films PBS 90 minute docudrama

PERFORMERS OF THE DAWN   2 x one-hour TV documentaries featuring non-professional colored people who were part of the Eoan group, the earliest performing arts cultural group involved in the production of opera in South Africa Astranova Films SABC HOT SNOW One-hour drama Astranova Films SABC

ART AND ABOUT   13 x 13 min shows featuring young people involved in the fine and performing arts SABC's contribution to the International Year of Youth Astranova Films SABC FROM BARTER TO BANKNOTE   2 x 30 min shows on the history of money with reference to South Africa Astranova Films SABC

A DELICATE BALANCE   6 x 30 min shows examining the world's environmental problems and the devastating impact in South Africa Astranova Films SABC

HALF A CENTURY SKYWARDS   30 min film celebrating 50 years of civil aviation in South Africa Astranova Films SABC

50 YEARS OF THE FLYING SPRINGBOK   20 min film commemorating the 50thth anniversary of South African Airways Astranova Films IN FLIGHT MOVIE and released internationally

ON THE FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY   20 min film covering the events and festivities during the 1984 anniversary celebrations Astranova Films SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS

PORTRAIT OF HOUT BAY   30 min documentary investigating the history, character and lifestyle of one of South Africa's oldest fishing communities Astranova Films CORPORATE

EDITOR:

JANTJIE   Feature dramatic love story about a young colored man's affections for a childhood friend played against a backdrop of racial tension and the Border War in Namibia SABC.

ITREYNI (THE TRAIN)   11 x 30 min dramatic series. The story of George a train conductor and his adventures during the course of duty C Films SABC

ISIHOGO SISEMHLABENI (HELL ON EARTH)   1-hour dramatic film A firefighter suffers from amnesia as a result of serious burns. He has to make a new life for himself. C Films SABC
*Winner of TONIGHT awards

MRS DUMBLEBY 2   13 x 7min animation programs for young children SABC

AFRICAN FIRESIDE TALES   13 X 13 puppet animation series based on South African Legends C Films SABC

MRS DUMBLEBY   Series of 13 x 7 animation programs for young children C Films SABC

COAST WATCH   30 min documentary. A look at South Africa's fishing industry. C Films SABC

THE CAPE MALAYS   60 min documentary,,looking at the history of the Muslim community in the Cape. C Films SABC

THE SORCERER   39 x 13 min animation programs featuring electronic puppets. African fireside tales and legends. C Films SABC (African language)

MABERONE   Series of 7 x 13 min dramatic love stories playing out in an ancient African tribal setting. (African language)C Films SABC

Dr KLEIMAN (CLAYMAN)   Series of 13 x 5 min clay animation series C Films SABC

INTERGALAXY   Series of 26 x 26 min computerized puppet animation series C Films SABC
MARIPANE Series of 13 x 13 min Dramatic love story set in tribal Africa C Films SABC (African language)
*Winner TONIGHT Award for Best Drama Series

SPACE CADETS   Series of 13 x 26 computer electronic puppet animation series C Films SABC (African language)

SEWER RATS   Series of 13 x 26 min dramatic series C Films SABC

PARENT AND CHILD   Series of 13 x 13 min educational programs SABC

THABURE   Series of 26 X 26 min adventure dramas C Films SABC (African language)

THE UNBROKEN THREAD   40 min documenting the history of cotton and a current investigation into the cotton industry in South Africa. CORPORATE

PUTCO BUSES   40 min examination of the bus services in Johannesburg and surrounding rural districts. CORPORATE

FAIREST CAPE   Documentary overview of the scenic attractions of the Cape Peninsula SABC

THEN CAME THE ENGLISH   3 x 60 min episodes. An in-depth examination of the history of the English speaking peoples of Southern Africa, The series traces the story of their development, set against the background of Britain's colonial role and presence in the sub-continent .IFC Films SABC
Winner TONIGHT Awards for Best Director, Best Presenter and Best T.V. Documentary Series

THEY CAME FROM THE EAST   Series of 6 x 26 min series looking at South Africa's Indian community, their history, religions and cultural affairs including Mahatma Gandhi's early years in Natal. SABC

THEIR FRONTIER, THE SEA   3 x 26 min shows about the SA Navy including submarines, frigates, minesweeping and the Navy's role guarding the Cape Sea Route, IFC Films SABC

MAKOMA   Producer/Editor Short documentary dealing with the S.A. Government's role in uncovering the ancestral bones of an African leader which had lay buried for over 100 years on Robben Island. With the help of an African soothsayer, the bones are uncovered and a state funeral ensues in the ancestral tribal homeland. Made for the South African Government

FOLLOW THAT RAINBOW   Script supervisor Feature film for the International market with locations in Switzerland and South Africa. Louise Burke director.

MARIGOLDS IN AUGUST   Producer Written and starring Athol Fugard. Set up co-production with the BBC.

WINNERS 2   Script supervisor and assistant drector to Jans Rautenbach. EMIL NOFAL FILMS

SOUTH AFRICA   Associate Producer 1-hour special on South Africa made in 1977 for CHANNEL 13 in Los Angeles hosted by Anne Kaestner. An in-depth look at the Apartheid System

FRATERNITY ROW (OH BROTHERHOOD)   Script Supervisor on feature produced for USC FILM SCHOOL.

In 1978 conducted many interviews in Namibia and shot footage in Egypt for the SA Department of Information

In 1977 under the auspices of the Department of Adult Education at the University of the Witwatersrand in conjunction with their school of Dramatic Art and SA Film and Television Technicians Association, initiated and organized an intensive 8-week film course covering various aspects of the industry with many leading professionals from the industry participating. This was the first film course to be offered in SA.

EDITOR and ASSISTANT EDITOR
FEATURE FILMS - SOUTH AFRICA (1970-1974)


CRAZY PEOPLE   Dirk de Villiers Cape Town C FILMS

ABASHOKOBEZI   Assistant Director and Supervising Editor CAVALIER FILMS

PENS EN POOTJIE   Dirk de Villiers BEVIL FILMS.

THE VIRGIN GODDESS   Script Supervisor/Editor Feature starred Isabel Sarli BEVIL FILMS.

HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD   Editor Directed by Ray Austin starring Shirley Ann Field and Mark Burns. CAPITAL FILMS

DIE SPOOK VAN DONKERGAT   Director/Editor CAPITAL FILMS.
First woman in South Africa to direct a feature film

MY BROER SE BRIL   Script Supervisor/Editor Dirk de Villiers. BEVIL FILMS

DIE LEWE SONDER JOU   Script Supervisor/ Editor Dirk de Villiers. BEVIL FILMS

ZEBRA   Assistant Editor CAVALIER FILMS

A NEW LIFE   Assistant editor CAVALIER FILMS.

VICKI   Assistant Editor CAVALIER FILMS.

GOLD SQUAD   Assistant editor CAVALIER FILMS.

DIE DRIE VAN DER MERWES   Assistant editor CAVALIER FILMS.

SIEN JOU MORE   Assistant editor CAVALIER FILMS

PINEWOOD STUDIOS London (1969)

THE GAUNT WOMAN   Editing Intern Universal Pictures MOW. Director Boris Sagal starring Rachel Roberts and Lorne Greene.

Audio Kine Africa (1968). Assistant editor in Cape Town, South Africa Commercials and documentaries for clients including Peter Stuyvesant, Rothmans, Dunhill and Lexington working with internationally acclaimed director Ashley Lazarus.

Assistant editor 1967 -1968 Ashley Lazarus, AKA Productions, Cape Town (commercials)

AUTHOR:

MAKE THE CUT
A Guide to becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV
2010
Co-authored with Lori Jane Coleman

JUMP-CUT
How to Jump-Start Your Career as a Film Editor
2016
Co-authored with Lori Jane Coleman

WORLD ON A STRING A COMPANION FOR BOOK LOVERS
2013
Photographic Publication.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

The Corning Museum of Glass, New York
Life on a String exhibition May – September 2013
Videos and images from World on a String featured in the exhibition.
"On behalf of everyone here at the Museum, I'd like to thank you again for so generously sharing your videos and images. Everything you shared with us has enhance our visitors' understanding of beads."
Mary C. Mills, the Corning Museum of Glass

LACMA Los Angeles
October 2004.
World premiere of World on a String - Part One -The Eternal Bead.
Gala event sponsored by the Los Angeles Bead Society, The Decorative Arts Council of LACMA and the Lucy Gonda Foundation

The Bead Museum, Washington D.C.
December 2004 through September 2005
Exhibition: The Eternal Bead based on Part One -The Eternal Bead
Film had a gala premiere at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center
Sponsored by the Bead Society of Greater Washington

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California
September 2005
World Premier of World on a String Part Two - The Tiny Mighty Bead

The Bead Museum, Washington D.C.
June 2006 - August 2007
Exhibition: Sacred Beads and Symbols of Faith based on Part Three – The Sacred Bead
Film had a gala East Coast premiere at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center

The Bead Museum, Washington DC
Oct 2007 - Oct 2008
Exhibition: Earth's Treasures based on Part Four -TheTreasured Bead
East Coast premiere at the U.S Naval Heritage Center

Tropen Museum – Amsterdam
Exhibition: Pracht en Kraal – van Madonna tot de Masai. (Beauty and the Bead - from Madonna to the Masai)
December 2006 – May 2007
Parts One, Two and Three included as part of the exhibition
We are honoured and grateful to be able to include parts of wonderful dvds in our exhibition and publication
Loan Oei, guest curator.

Izoko National Museum of Art - Cape Town, South Africa
June 2005
Part Two – The Tiny Mighty Bead screened as part of South African beadwork exhibition

International Bead and Beadwork Conference - Istanbul
November 2007
Part Four - The Treasured Bead, screened as opening night gala celebration.

Bowers Museum
October 2007
Premiere screening of Part Four – The Treasured Bead sponsored by the Bead Society of Los Angeles and the Orange County Bead Society

The Bead Museum, Washington D.C.
September 2008
Exhibition: Passion for Beads based on Part Five – A Passion for Beads
Film had a gala East Coast premiere at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2011
Exhibition on seed beads included extracts from The Tiny Mighty Bead

Glendale Bead Museum, Phoenix Arizona.
Series played continuously in the museum as part of their permanent exhibition.

Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show Jogs pavilion 2016
Curated Museum Exhibition entitled World on a String featuring items from my personal collection accompanied by screenings of World on a String.