Roger Weisberg joined Thirteen/WNET in 1977 as a producer of the Emmy-winning series, “Help Yourself.” While at Thirteen, he produced dozens of programs on a broad range of subjects including aging, domestic violence, juvenile justice, consumer fraud, health care, the environment, child welfare, and urban poverty. Since 1980, he has written, produced, and directed twenty documentaries through his independent production company, Public Policy Productions. These documentaries have won over seventy awards including Peabody, Emmy, and duPont-Columbia awards.
While all of Weisberg’s documentaries have appeared on National Public Television, his 1993 feature documentary “Road Scholar” was released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Company prior to its PBS airing. The film went on to win a Peabody Award in 1995. Weisberg produced the 1999 feature documentary, SOUND AND FURY, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award that same year. His latest documentary THE MAIN STREAM was broadcast nationally on PBS in December 2002.
Weisberg’s other recent projects include the films “A Brooklyn Family Tale” and “Why Can’t We Be A Family Again.” Weisberg’s is currently working on “Breaking the Cycle,” about the struggles of low wage workers to lift their families out of poverty, and “Aging Out” about teens making the transition from foster care to independent living.
“Unfortunately, documentaries often get a bad rap. For many people, watching a documentary is like eating spinach – it’s good for you even though it doesn’t taste good. But, I believe documentaries can have every bit as much drama and pathos as the best fiction features…The kind of realism, intimacy, candor, and raw emotion that we were fortunate enough to capture is what motivates me to continue to make non-fiction films.”