Our 11th Reel Women’s Network (RWN) spotlight is award-winning writer-director-producer PEARL GLUCK. She creates both documentary and narrative films that explore themes of class, gender, and faith. Her first documentary feature film, DIVAN, is a Hasidic tale five years in the making that was developed in part at the Sundance Institute. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and opened theatrically at the Film Forum in New York City and it broadcasted on the Sundance Channel. Her first narrative short, WHERE IS JOEL BAUM, won Best Actor at the Starz Denver Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival. THE TURN OUT is Pearl’s first fiction feature film about a trucker, alienated from his family, who encounters an underage prostitute at a local truck stop and discovers that he is an unwitting participant in a sex trafficking ring. THE TURN OUT won Best Debut Feature at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival, and the Critic’s Choice Award at the Iowa International Film Festival. Pearl founded Palinka Pictures, a multimedia production company with a twist that aims to collaborate with artists, media makers and educators to make a difference through the arts. In Pearl’s spare time she is an assistant professor at Penn State University teaching Screenwriting and Directing.
You can catch Pearl's feature film The Turn Out on RWN.