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GOING THE DISTANCE

NANETTE BURSTEIN (Director) is a critically acclaimed director and producer primarily known for her work as an award-winning documentarian. In 2000, Burstein was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary and the Independent Spirit Awards' Truer Than Fiction Award, and won the Directors Guild of America's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, for her film "On the Ropes.” The film was also awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Burstein returned to Sundance in 2008 with her film "American Teen,” which earned her the Directing Award at that year's festival. She also received an Emmy nomination in 2008 for "NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell,” a TV documentary that she wrote and executive produced.

Burstein's additional directing credits include the highly lauded documentary "The Kid Stays in The Picture,” as well as the television mini-series "Say It Loud: A Celebration Of Black Music In America.” She also served as a producer on those films, and as an executive producer on the comedy feature "American Shopper” and the television series "Autobiography” and "Film School.”

Along with her documentaries, Burstein also directs commercials, including campaigns for Nike and Sprint.

Burstein studied film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is co-owner of a Manhattan bar called The Half-King.

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