Bess Kargman is an Emmy and NAACP Image Award nominated film director and editor. Her first film was the award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, a deep and intimate journey following six young dancers preparing for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Position paints a thrilling and moving portrait of gifted young ballet stars determined to succeed against all odds. The film premiered at Sundance to rave reviews and has since been released theatrically in over a dozen countries.
Her follow up effort, COACH, for ESPN Films, was executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, and tells the remarkable story of C. Vivian Stringer, the head coach of Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Despite enormous personal tragedies, Coach Stringer’s accomplishments with three different teams and the dignity with which she conducted herself when confronted with racism and sexism earned her entry into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Bess directs commercials and branded content for major companies around the world.
Additional directing credits include a docu-series for Conde Nast, a documentary short for Major League Soccer, National Public Radio and NBC Olympics, and PBS. She was recently selected as an American Film Showcase fellow (sponsored by the U.S. Department of State) to represent the USA.