Talent Guide

Bill Kerstein

  • Discipline:Cinematographer, Producer
  • Program Year:CNN Docuseries Intensive 2020


Bill Kirstein is an award winning Director and Cinematographer living and working in New York. An accomplished narrative filmmaker with a background in music videos and commercials, his work with such internationally renowned artists such as Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Zoe Saldana, Pharrell, John Legend and Terrence Malick, reflects his uncanny ability to dispel preconceptions of iconic subjects and to portray instead the more unexpected. He brings this spirit of discovery to all of his work; specializing in those moments where reality and fiction start to collide with surprising effect. His work has been exhibited all over the world including most recently at Berlinale, Atlanta Film Festival, the Whitney Museum and Art of the Real among many others.

Current Project



America is a six-to-eight part documentary fiction hybrid television series by filmmaker Jessica Dunn Rovinelli (So Pretty, 2019, Empathy, 2016), that follows the odd couple-cum-love story between a transgender American man, Paul (Phoebe DeGroot, So Pretty) and an alcoholic Yugoslavian cowboy Dane (film director Dane Komljen). After meeting in the southwest of America, they embark on a motorcycle trip across the country. They encounter ketamine-fueled raves filled with gender deviants, a collective of transwomen teaching themselves to shoot guns in a rural commune, and monster-truck rallies of freaks and queers, among other moments of atypical yet somehow typical American experience filtered through Rovinelli’s distinctive documentary-fiction lens.