Daniel Bernardi is a critical race studies scholar and documentary filmmaker. Many of his feature-length and short films address the diversity of the veteran community in relation to U.S. culture and politics, and are widely distributed. His is currently working on a film on the legal sex trade industry in Christchurch, New Zealand. His research explores the representation and narration of whiteness in film, television and popular culture. He is currently working on a book the blends semiotics and cultural studies, titled Signs of Aliens. Bernardi is the founder and president of El Dorado Films LLC, a social justice film production and distribution company specializing in short series and features.
- Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
- M.A., University of Arizona, Tucson
- B.A., University of Arizona, Tucson
Writer, Producer and Director, The Forgotten War: Korea 1950-1953 (2020). Documentary. Official selection, American Documentary Film Festival. Distributed by Kanopy Films. Also available on Amazon, InfoBase and Alexander Street.
Writer, Director and Producer, The War to End All Wars… and its American Veterans (2019). Documentary. Distributed by Journeyman Pictures. Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Kanopy Films, InfoBase and Alexander Street.
Producer, Objector (2019). Directed by Molly Stuart. Official selection of nine international film festivals. Distributed by Java Films. Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Kanopy Films, InfoBase and Alexander Street.
Writer, Producer and Director, The American War (2018). Documentary. Winner, Best Documentary, Anchorage International Film Festival. Official selection of six additional festivals. Distributed by Journeyman Pictures. Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Kanopy Films, InfoBase and Alexander Street.
Bernardi, D. and Julian Hoxter, Off the Page: Screenwriting in the Era of Media Convergence. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2017.
Bernardi, D. and Michael Green, Race in American Film: Voices and Visions That Shaped a Nation [3 volumes]. Westport, CT: ABC-Clio/Greenwood, 2017.
Bernardi, D. et al., Narrative Landmines: Islamist Extremism and the Uses of Rumor in the Struggle for Strategic Influence. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.
Bernardi, D. et al, eds., Hollywood's Chosen People: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2012.
Bernardi, D., ed., Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2009.
Bernardi, D., ed., The Persistence of Whiteness: Race and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017,
Bernardi, D., ed., Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
Bernardi, D., Star Trek and History: Race-ing toward a White Future. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998.
Bernardi, D., ed., The Birth of Whiteness: Race and Emergence of U.S. Cinema. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.