Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Owner, President

Katharina Otto-Bernstein founded Film Manufacturers Inc. in 1994. She has since distinguished herself as a writer, director and producer of critically acclaimed, award- winning films that have been presented at festivals and theatres around the world.

International releases include Absolute Wilson, Beautopia, The Need for Speed, Coming Home, When Night Falls Over Moscow and The Second Greatest Story Ever Told.

Otto-Bernstein is also the author of the Robert Wilson memoir Absolute Wilson - The Biography and the dramaturge of Karole Armitage's upcoming Fables on Global Warming ballet.

In addition to her own work, she is developing and producing film, television and print projects for the domestic and international marketplace. Otto-Bernstein began her career as a journalist and columnist for Hearst Publ. and Condé Nast. A graduate of Columbia University, she holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science and a MFA in Film. She recently served her 10th year on the Dean's Council of Columbia School of the Arts and was the recipient of the Columbia University Alumni Medal in 2009.

Affiliations include the Writers Guild of America, the Independent Feature Project and the International Documentary Association. Otto-Bernstein currently serves on the board of The Hollywood Reporter and the Metropolitan Opera; she is a member of the International Director's Council of the Guggenheim Museum and has previously served as a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

In 2001, Otto-Bernstein created the FMI Fellowship for Excellence in Writing and Directing, which are awarded annually to a select group of Columbia University Film School's graduate students.

Joseph Ruscitto
Office Manager and Distribution

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Joseph Ruscitto received a Bachelor and a MFA in Film and Media Arts as well as a Bachelor in Music from Temple University. Mr. Ruscitto has been with Film Manufacturers for the past eight years and worked as the Associate Editor and After Effects Editor on the award-winning FMI production Absolute Wilson. For the past three years, he has held the position of Office Manager in charge of post-production, archives, distribution and sales as well as doing script editing work on the screenplays for the Georgette Heyer Series, currently in joint development between FMI and Filmpool Fiction. Previously, Mr. Ruscitto has worked as the associate and after affects editor on award winning documentary Herb and Dorothy, by director Megumi Sasaki. He was an Associate Editor and Post-Production Supervisor on Body of War, a film by Phil Donahue, which was awarded the Best Documentary for 2007 by the National Board of Review. Mr. Ruscitto was the Editor and Co-Producer on Jonathan's Return, a feature-length documentary by Eran Preis, dealing with a family's struggle with schizophrenia. He also produced and directed Traces: A Meditation on Impermanence, a video interpretation of a composition for bass flute, by the composer Alba Potes, and Between the Edges, a documentary about the Colombian muralist, Ana Uribe, which premiered on WYBE in Philadelphia. As a musician, Mr. Ruscitto has performed internationally and appeared on the albums of the musical groups Spoken Hand and Atzilut.

Oleg Dubson
Marketing and Development

Oleg Dubson joined FMI in 2012. In addition to his development and marketing duties, he has been editing screenplays for the Georgette Heyer Series, currently in joint development between FMI and Filmpool Fiction. Mr. Dubson has worked in the film industry for the past 8 years. In his previous positions, he was the Director of Digital Publicity and Marketing at FilmDistrict and the East Coast Field Manager at Apparition, US Film and Television distribution companies. Prior to that, Mr. Dubson worked as the Publicity and Marketing Coordinator of the New York Film Festival and was the Marketing Associate at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He holds a degree in Film Production from Brooklyn College. His short films have been exhibited at the Berlin, Sarajevo and Lucca film festivals. In addition to his film work, Mr. Dubson has been acting in theater since the age of 12. He was part of theater-studio Class-A! in Minsk, Belarus and Science Project, New York. For the past 10 years, Mr. Dubson has been part of a Brooklyn-based experimental troupe Laboratory Theater.