Catherine Oberg

film5Catherine Oberg – Producer, director and editor.

Catherine started working in New York City’s television industry in 1996 after graduating from NYU’s Tisch School Of the Arts.  She has worked as a producer and video journalist, editor and post-production supervisor, as a writer, researcher and independent filmmaker.  Oberg has contributed over 600 hours of content for broadcasting on HBO, PBS, CNN, FOX, Paramount Pictures, UK’s Channel Four, Discovery, Hallmark and FiOS-1.  The projects she has worked on range from narrative films to feature documentaries, talk shows to newsmagazine series, and segments for variety programs.

As a producer/director, shooter and editor Catherine has made segments for Push Pause, a community centered variety program for and about Long Islanders (Verizon FiOS-1), the motivational New Morning Show (Faith and Values Media/KPI/Hallmark Channel), the art and technology driven Café Digital (Discovery Science Channel) the environmental news magazine pilot Eco Action, and the short film Ahalani: Living In Harmony with the Sun (WLIW/PBS) about her journey building a solar energy efficient house with her husband.

In 2008 Catherine produced a four-part discussion–based, live-to-tape, series about Muslims in America for UK’s Channel 4 TV.  Each show introduces a diverse audience of 14 young Muslims, Christians and Jews, posing pertinent questions about faith, politics and daily life to a panel of three Muslim American scholars, professionals, religious and political leaders.

As an independent filmmaker Catherine is completing Between Worlds, a film about an Afghan-American woman’s experiences during the turbulent years after 9/11.  Faced with a backlash towards people with a Muslim heritage the films subject, Shekaiba Wakili, uses her photography and charm to bridge the gap between her two seemingly disparate cultures.

As an associate producer, writer and researcher Catherine traveled to France and Algeria with producer/director Anisa Mehdi in 2004 to research and develop, Monks and Muslims: Finding Faith in Algeria, a film about religious harmony in the midst of post-colonial mayhem.  In 2006, upon receiving production funding, the team traveled again to France and Geneva to film the first leg of the documentary.  Catherine edited the 10-minute promotional for the film.

Oberg supervised the post-production, contributed as a field-producer, and researcher/writer on What Matters, a teen-issue series for HBO/CNN.  She was the post-production supervisor on P-Funk: One Nation Under The Groove (WGBH/PBS) about the Parliament-Funkadlics.

For two years Catherine was one of the editors on The Montel Williams Show, a nationally syndicated daily talk show (Paramount Pictures/FOX Television).  She edited the documentary Girls On The Move (Moving Pictures/Outward Bound), the award winning short drama Dance of the Quantum Cats about inner city racial clashes, and Bruises a promotional for the “rags-to-riches” narrative feature.

Catherine was the assistant editor for Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (American Masters/WNET/PBS) and received an Emmy Award Honor for assistant editing the HBO documentary feature Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth narrated by Robert De Niro.  The film received an Emmy Award and an Academy Award Nomination in 1999.

She is a judge for the annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, New York Women in Film and Television and the Independent Film Project.

Catherine is a graduate of the Kanbar Film Institute at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.  She is one of the co-founders of The Plaza Media Arts Center in Patchogue, Long Island, where she lives.