As senior vice president of Documentary Film at Participant Media, Elise Pearlstein manages the company’s slate of feature documentaries from development to release.
Prior to joining Participant as a full-time employee, Pearlstein produced four feature documentaries for the company, including “Food, Inc.,” “State 194,” “Last Call at the Oasis,” and “Misconception.” Pearlstein’s additional credits as a producer include “Protagonist,” released theatrically by IFC Films, “The Living Museum” for HBO, “The Guide,” and the three-minute “Meet Mr. Toilet” which has received over one-million views on-line. She also co-produced and co-wrote “Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial,” a feature documentary about the tobacco industry’s manufacturing of doubt that was short listed for the 2000 Academy Awards.
Pearlstein created her first film in 1998, a portrait of the iconic Los Angeles hot dog stand Pink’s, and went on to produce and write long-form documentaries for Bravo, MSNBC, Discovery, NBC News and ABC News. From 2000 to 2005, working with executive producer Craig Leake, Pearlstein produced and wrote prime-time documentaries for Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. She is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served on the board of the International Documentary Association.