Independent filmmaker, educator, former community organizer and “Philly native” Cindy Burstein uses documentary storytelling to highlight the richness of her hometown as a microcosm through which to view broader social issues and inspire community building and civic engagement.
Her award-winning documentary Concrete, Steel & Paint received major funding from the Ford Foundation and film festival accolades for: Best Documentary, Best Director, and Social Justice Achievement. The film was selected to tour in the American Film Showcase - a premiere American film diplomacy program sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
For ten years, Cindy served as Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Independent Television Service (ITVS) Community Connections Project and Community Cinema Program—a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring social issue documentaries from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens.
Cindy is a recipient of an Independence Foundation Artist Fellowship and Leeway Foundation Transformation Award—recognizing women artists engaged in social change. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication and a proud member of the filmmaker-owned co-operative, New Day Films.