Q&A with FIDM Grad Katie Bender: Documentary Filmmaker

New Digital Media news from the FIDM Blog! Victoria writes:

After hearing about FIDM from a friend, Australian native Katie Bender enrolled in the Digital Media Program, where she dove into the world of post-production. She landed an internship at leading motion picture marketing firm, Trailer Park, and eventually worked on numerous award-winning motion picture movie trailer and television campaigns for clients such as Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Disney, and Sony.

“Everything I’d learned at FIDM prepared me to communicate and speak the language of the digital world,” explains Bender, a retired professional athlete who competed in Artistic Gymnastics and Aerial Skiing. “FIDM was a perfect experience for me as an international student because it offered me subjects that weren’t available in Australia and supplied me with an invaluable skill set.”

Katie recently returned to Australia where she is producing her first feature film documentary on Lydia Lassila, the 2010 Olympic Champion of Aerial Skiing.

“Lydia is an ex-teammate of mine so I am very close to her story,” says Bender. “We are set to document her lead up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia where she will defend her Olympic title and the enormous pressure that elite athletes experience daily.”


FIDM Digital Media Alumna Producing First Feature Film Documentary

FIDM Digital Media Alumna Katie Bender is Producing her First Feature Film Documentary


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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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