Pearl Gluck was born into a Hasidic sect in Brooklyn, New York. Yiddish is her first language. She was a Sundance Producer's Lab fellow for her first documentary film, Divan (2004). Divan was broadcast on the Sundance Channel, theatrically premiered at the Film Forum in New York and played at festivals and art houses around the world. Additional documentary work includes Williamsburg (2007), a TV documentary which aired on Paris Premiere. Her work has been funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, The Foundation for Jewish Culture, and National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to her work in documentary, she has been involved in several fiction projects including her directorial debut, Where Is Joel Baum (2012), and as a co-writer on Goyta (2007), a short narrative film which premiered at Cannes Cinefondacion. She is the first recipient of a Fulbright grant in the Yiddish language, which was awarded to collect Hasidic stories in Northeast Hungary. Currently, she is directing and producing a feature documentary based on The Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories for WTIU at Indiana University.