UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An award-winning Penn State faculty filmmaker who has collaborated with professional colleagues, engaged students and practiced an approach that consistently seeks authenticity has been named a Donald P. Bellisario Career Advancement Professor.
Pearl Gluck, assistant professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, brings a mix of professional and classroom experience to her position. She teaches screenwriting, directing and producing. Through her courses and films she explores themes such as autobiographical film and representations of gender, class and faith in cinema. She joined the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications faculty in 2014.
Gluck is the third faculty member to move into a professorship named for Bellisario, the Distinguished Alumnus who provided a $30 million gift to the University in 2017.
Dave Wozniak was named the inaugural Donald P. Bellisario Career Advancement Professor in October 2019. Mary Beth Oliver was named the Donald P. Bellisario Professor of Media Studies in October 2018.
“Pearl joins a cohort, of which Mary Beth and Dave are exemplars, that provides a testament to the unique and powerful way the Bellisario College combines scholarly expertise and professional credentials in a student-centered learning environment,” said Dean Marie Hardin. “They are members of an outstanding faculty that make the Bellisario College a destination for the best students in the country.”
Gluck’s work has screened across the country and internationally. Her award-winning films include:
- The feature film “The Turn Out” (2018), focused on domestic sex trafficking at truck stops, which won Best Debut Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
- The short film “Summer” (2018), which won Best Short film through Film Movement and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
- The short “Where Is Joel Baum” (2012), which won Best Film at The Female Eye film festival.
- Her first documentary, “Divan” (2004), which was awarded a 2000 Sundance Producer's Lab fellowship and a 2001 Sundance Festival mentorship.
In 2019, Gluck was a cofounder and the driving force behind the creation of the inaugural Centre Film Festival, a three-day event at the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, that served as a celebration of community and the value of film and multimedia storytelling. The event engaged professional filmmakers and Penn State faculty, alumni and students as well as high school students and members of the community.
Gluck consistently engages students in her work, including “The Ice Cream Cake,” a 2019 call-to-action effort about global warming that she co-directed for The Nature Conservancy. In 2016, along with Penn State film-video students and master of fine arts School of Theatre alumna Elle Jae Stewart, Gluck directed “Junior,” an award-winning film that looks at racially motivated police violence through one mother's eyes.