Born in Japan, Pamela Beere Briggs spent the first decade of her life in the port city of Kobe. Her story “The Truth About Crickets” is set in 1967 just before she moved “home” to the U.S. and appears in the exciting new anthology How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit: True Stories of Expat Women in Asia (Signal 8 Press). She is currently writing a series of historical novels for middle grade readers set in 1941-1944.
An award-winning filmmaker, her documentaries have focused on artists and writers, including “Funny Ladies: A Portrait of Women Cartoonists” (Lynda Barry, Cathy Guisewite, Nichole Hollander & Dale Messick); “Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction” (Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller & Sara Paretsky); and “Mysterious California: Four Authors” (Laurie R. King, Nadia Gordon, Nina Revoyr & Kirk Russell). In 2015, she and her filmmaking partner UCLA Film Professor William McDonald completed a new portrait documentary — “Something Like a Sabbatical“.
She has written articles, personal essays and interviews for The Los Angeles Times, Release Print, International Documentary and American Libraries Magazine. In 1989, she was awarded a WREI Congressional Fellowship on Women & Public Policy, which allowed her to work with Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder. For 25 years she has been a proud member of New Day Films, the esteemed distribution collective of documentary filmmakers.
She has received awards and grants from the following foundations:
California Council for the Humanities, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois Humanities Council, Iowa Humanities Board, Kansas Humanities Council, Peg Yorkin Foundation, The Women’s Project/Funding Exchange, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc., Pioneer Fund, Swann Foundation, The Donnet Fund, The Joyce Foundation, Lynn Weston Award, Women in Radio and Television Award, Wilkerson Foundation Award, Hortense Fishbaugh Fine Arts Award, Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund.
Her documentaries have been broadcast on PBS, The Learning Channel, Spanish Television, Women’s Television Network – Canada, Ovation, Oxygen, Artsworld(U.K.), Book TV (Canada), in Yugoslavia, and in Israel.
They have screened at the Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Smithsonian Institution; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; de Young Memorial Museum; National Archives; and the Honolulu Academy of Art.