Bernadette Wegenstein

Documentary Filmmaker, Educator, and Writer

Bernadette Wegenstein is an Austrian-born linguist, author and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker living in Baltimore. Her work brings together her feminist thought and her interest in human-centric storytelling. She studied semiotics with Umberto Eco at the University of Bologna, linguistics at the Vienna University, and comparative literature and film at Stanford University.  Bernadette has produced and directed several feature-length and short documentaries, including most recently the award-winning feature The Conductor. She is currently in post-production with the animated documentary Devoti Tutti (Saint Agatha’s Flight) a feminist retelling of the martyrdom of Saint Agatha, and in pre-production with the hybrid narrative film A Sweet Secret that adapts a Jewish comedy from 1927 pre-Holocaust Vienna.