Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Shari Springer Berman (born July 13, 1963) and Robert Pulcini (born August 24, 1964) are an American team of filmmakers.

Shari Springer Berman
and Robert Pulcini
Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman at Sundance 2015.jpg
Robert Pulcini (left) and Shari Springer Berman at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival
BornShari: (1963-07-13) July 13, 1963 (age 59)
Robert: (1964-08-24) August 24, 1964 (age 58)
Alma materShari: Wesleyan University
Columbia University
Robert: Rutgers University-Camden
Columbia University
Occupation(s)Film directors, screenwriters
Spouse(married 1994)


Both Springer Berman and Pulcini were born in New York, New York. Springer Berman graduated from Wesleyan University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Pulcini graduated from Rutgers University-Camden. Both filmmakers received master's degrees in film from Columbia University.[1] The couple married in 1994. Springer Berman is Jewish and Pulcini is of Italian descent.[2]

The two have a "rule" in which they often alternate whose name comes first in the credits of their movies, of which Berman says "There’s no meaning behind it. It’s very random!"[3]


They received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for their 2003 film American Splendor.[4]

In 2010, The Extra Man premiered at the Sundance festival.[5] The Emmy-winning Cinema Verite, a 2011 HBO Drama film directed by Berman and Pulcini, premiered on April 23, 2011.[6]

Beginning in 2019, the pair branched out into directing for television.

Awards and nominationsEdit

With their first feature film American Splendor, Springer Berman and Pulcini earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Awards won for American Splendor




  • Shameless season 9, episode 12 "You'll Know the Bottom When You Hit It" (2019)
  • Succession:
    • season 2, episode 4 "Safe Room" (2019)
    • season 3, episode 4 "Lion in the Meadow" (2021)
  • Night Sky: season 1, episode 4 "Boilermakers" (2022)
  • WeCrashed season 1, episode 8 "The One With all the Money" (2022)


Robert Pulcini


  1. ^ Published: June 12, 1994 (1994-06-12). "WEDDINGS; Shari Berman, Robert Pulcini - New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  2. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (2003-08-14). "Comic Book Icon Battles Everyday Life | Arts". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  3. ^ McKittrick, Christopher (August 10, 2015). "'Follow the Book's Lead: Berman and Pulcini on 10,000 Saints". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Chiao, Peggy. "BOMB Magazine: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini by Bette Gordon". Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  5. ^ Breznican, Anthony (2009-12-03). "Sundance premieres big-budget and low-budget films". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  6. ^ Brody, Richard (25 April 2011). "An American Movie". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2013-06-11.

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