Throughout his acclaimed career, documentary filmmaker George T. Nierenberg has been telling stories passionately, memorably and powerfully.








We do more than just make videos.

GTN Pictures is a production company founded by George T. Nierenberg that has a history of telling stories in a compelling way that moves people to think, ponder and act. With a highly specialized team of professionals assembled over the years, George totally immerses himself in the subject matter to find the heart of the story and tell it in his own unique way, with a depth and perspective above and beyond the norm in documentary filmmaking.

Whether on long or short form projects, George has developed an organic process uniquely his own that brings out the emotion in the subject matter. He connects deeply with his subjects, creating trust and ease that brings out the souls of the individuals in his films. In-depth research, willingness to commit the necessary time, and meticulous crafting of the circumstances of each scene permit George to craft an entertaining and engaging film that holds an audience’ attention from beginning to end and leaves them caring, uplifted and inspired.

As George says, “If my films are not speaking on multiple levels at the same time, I am not doing my job.” Layered and nuanced, George’s films all cover more than just their apparent subject matter.   

Some of the approaches that George T. Nierenberg brings to his productions:

  • Let the subject matter determine the approach and pay attention to the character’s unique voices
  • Carefully cast characters who have a story to tell and can intimately illuminate the subject matter
  • Create scenes that bring out the humanity of its characters
  • Stage scenes that are true to the characters as well as catch one on the run
  • Maintain a sense of humor while sustaining a seriousness of purpose in telling the story
  • Capture strong visual images that help dramatize the subject matter
  • Create an emotional and intellectual experience that enables audiences to reflect on who we are as individuals and as a society.



The camera helps you see what you see, but as the director I help you feel what I feel.



About George T. Nierenberg

Director/Producer George T. Nierenberg is an acclaimed filmmaker whose career has spanned the worlds of independent features, network, cable and international television, and corporate videos. His work has been released by MGM/UA, has appeared on CBS, ABC, Bravo, and the BCC, and has earned numerous illustrious honors, establishing him as a producer/director with a knack both for managing complex productions and for bringing his subjects to life. He is known for his ability to create visually strong stories that bring out the humanity in their subjects and reach audiences on an emotional level. His work is unique, creative, always entertaining and always moving.

His award-winning feature “Say Amen, Somebody” was celebrated at Cannes, Telluride, New York, Toronto and London film festivals. It was named “One of the Ten Best Films of The Year” by People magazine, Siskel & Ebert and Rolling Stone. 

In 2017 his classic film "No Maps on My Taps” was digitally restored and released theatrically at the Quad Cinema and nationwide.  He also received an Emmy nomination for directing “That Rhythm…Those Blues." The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, opened the Denver Film Festival and was broadcast on the series, The American Experience.

Nierenberg’s television experience is extensive, his having produced, directed and developed projects for CBS, NBC, ABC, AMC, Bravo, PBS, Sony BMG and National Geographic's Explorer.

Among his corporate clients are Pfizer, Cisco, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, Zeiss, IBM, the National Patient Safety Foundation.

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Folk Traditions, Inc.

Folk Traditions, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization 50: corporation was formed to aid and encourage cultural, scientific, educational and artistic enrichment of the general public by producing, sponsoring and distributing films, photography, videotapes, live performance and other forms of media and the performing arts concerned with the humanities, arts, and sciences as they relate to social and public interest issues of the past and present.  

Folk Traditions, Inc. has been the recipient of numerous grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as from other private and public foundations.  

It has recently received funding to develop projects that deal with systemic injustices in our society.

George T. Nierenberg is the president of Folk Traditions, Inc..

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