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About Karen Bennett

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Cinematic Arts Academy Chair, Karen Bennett

After receiving a degree in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music, Ms. Bennett worked for four years as a freelance music editor on such films as Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Catch Me If You Can, and Minority Report. While working on the television show Dark Angel, she had the unforgettable opportunity to work directly with James Cameron on the last episode which he directed himself.

In 2010, she began the Millikan Film Academy with former teacher, David Guest, which has now evolved into the Cinematic Arts Academy. Transitioning to the classroom was an easy decision; Ms. Bennett loves working with kids and finds inspiration in their view of the world. She feels extremely fortunate to be a part of Millikan’s Performing Arts Magnet.

When not working with her students, Ms. Bennett enjoys making independent films of her own. In response to the budget cuts that massively damaged the morale at our school she created the documentary, Pink Slip, to honor the teachers who had been laid off at Millikan.

In May, 2012, Ms. Bennett was hired as one of fifty directors shooting the documentary Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District produced by Jim and Dawn O’Keeffe. The goal was to create a complete picture of what goes on in the school district by using fifty film crews at twenty-nine schools on one day. This film is currently being featured in film festivals around the country.