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Cori Shepherd Stern wrote her first book when she was fifteen and convinced her mother to let her fly from her small Florida hometown to Manhattan so she could get an agent, which she did by randomly calling agents from the phone book. After landing a Big New York Agent, she promptly developed a mad case of writer’s block and began a lifetime of avoiding agents’ calls regarding where she was on her rewrite.

She went on to become an Oscar-nominated producer and writer, procrastinating on projects as varied as 2013 Academy-nominated documentary OPEN HEART, Hollywood big screen zombie love story WARM BODIES, and tween television series BREAKER HIGH starring Ryan Gosling.

She has also spent quite a bit of time abroad living and working in conflict zones, which has proved to be much more relaxing than avoiding her rewrites.

Most recently she has the incredible good fortune to be producing a documentary based on the extraordinary work of PARTNERS IN HEALTH and Dr. Paul Farmer, her personal hero and subject of her favorite book MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS.  The film – co-directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos – tells the remarkable story of how a band of unlikely human rights superstars stood up for what’s decent and changed the world for us all.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 12:50 pm

    This site & your work are inspirational.
    I am following a few feet behind; doing work in Mali…
    I would love to talk with you. So, if you have time, please email back. Thanks!

  2. May 12, 2012 5:58 pm

    Hi Cori,

    No updates for a very long time I see – I briefly had a couple of chats with Kief a while ago about Rwanda and The Sudan which sort of led me to your blog, it makes incredible reading – is there a new site that you now use?

    I am based in Cape Town, South Africa where I produce commercials.



  3. Laura Martin Riley permalink
    January 12, 2013 8:47 am

    Dear Cori,
    Congratulations on your academy award nomination! What an honor!
    It’s another acknowledgement of the talent,spirit and love that you bring to each of your projects.
    You’ve come a long way, baby, and the track has been treacherous. I hope Open Heart’ wins just like you’ve won in life!
    , Congratulations!

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