Peggy Stern

Peggy Stern

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker


"The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation"

New York, NY USA


In the end, it’s all come down to believing in myself and believing in my choices.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Diagnosed with dyslexia at five years old.
Felt like she had a chip on her shoulder, and constantly had to prove herself in her classes because she had struggled from such a young age.
She always wanted to learn about the world through visual mediums rather than by reading texts.
One of her teachers realized that she might have a talent for making art, rather than studying it, and recommended she transfer into the visual arts department.
There, she found that photography and film came somewhat naturally to her; she no longer had to fight tooth and nail to prove herself in her classes.
When she entered the workforce, she shied away from certain jobs because she was worried her employers would find out she was dyslexic.
Instead, she started writing and producing her own films, one of which, "The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation", won an Oscar.
Says that her LD has helped her as a filmmaker because it taught her how to accept and own her mistakes.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Harvard University
undergrad
Bachelor
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Harvard University
Career

Career

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker

I am a film producer and director and I work in documentary, fiction and animation.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Art
Film
Film
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

In addition to writing, directing, and producing films, I am also the Founder, and CEO, of Dyslexiaville, Inc. and I've run Gladeyes Films, a transmedia production company since 1985. Through all of my work, I engage with children, parents & teachers and speak at conferences across the country. I share my experiences growing up with dyslexia and my vision to change the future for the next generation of children with learning differences through helping them become their own storytellers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Accepting my differences as a result of my learning disability, have taught me how to accept and own my mistakes. No matter what your differences are, you have to own them and not apologize for them.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be bold and get out there. Embrace all of yourself and be matter of fact about who you are. There is no shame in that.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Visual and Performing Arts, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Your film needs to be dramatic and go for the jugular. "

The film I was making wasn't what my teacher was expecting, nor what he believed was a "good" film. He doubted me over the year it took me to make it and this caused me to doubt myself. The film ended up being really well received by audiences and validated my vision. I learned to follow my gut and trust my creative intuition.

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

I was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 5. I felt like I had to prove myself in classes because I had always struggled.