Peggy Stern

Peggy Stern

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker

"The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation"

New York, NY USA

In the end, it’s all come down to believing in myself and believing in my choices.


By Roadtrip Nation

Peggy Stern


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Diagnosed with dyslexia at five years old.
Felt like she had a chip on her shoulder, and constantly had to prove herself in her classes because she had struggled from such a young age.
She always wanted to learn about the world through visual mediums rather than by reading texts.
One of her teachers realized that she might have a talent for making art, rather than studying it, and recommended she transfer into the visual arts department.
There, she found that photography and film came somewhat naturally to her; she no longer had to fight tooth and nail to prove herself in her classes.
When she entered the workforce, she shied away from certain jobs because she was worried her employers would find out she was dyslexic.
Instead, she started writing and producing her own films, one of which, "The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation", won an Oscar.
Says that her LD has helped her as a filmmaker because it taught her how to accept and own her mistakes.
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Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker

I am a film producer and director and I work in documentary, fiction and animation.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

In addition to writing, directing, and producing films, I am also the Founder, and CEO, of Dyslexiaville, Inc. and I've run Gladeyes Films, a transmedia production company since 1985. Through all of my work, I engage with children, parents & teachers and speak at conferences across the country. I share my experiences growing up with dyslexia and my vision to change the future for the next generation of children with learning differences through helping them become their own storytellers.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be bold and get out there. Embrace all of yourself and be matter of fact about who you are. There is no shame in that.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Your film needs to be dramatic and go for the jugular. "

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues

Interviewed By

Being You

Being You

Making learning differences your strength