Digital Media Alumna Producing First Feature Film Documentary Down Under


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 Trailer Park, the world's leading motion picture marketing firm, 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 Katie, 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," she adds. "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.

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