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About Ms. 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.

Transitioning to the classroom was an easy decision for Ms. Bennett; she loves working with her kids and finds inspiration in their view of the world.

When not working with her students, Ms. Bennett enjoys making independent films of her own. In September, 2010, she wrote, directed, and edited Pink Slip, a documentary honoring the teachers at Millikan who had been repeatedly been given “reduction in force” notices (pink slips) due to budget cuts.

In May, 2012, she was one of fifty directors shooting the documentary Go Public: A Day in the Life of the Pasadena Unified School District produced by Jim and Dawn O’Keeffe. The goal was to create a complete picture of what goes on in a school district by using fifty film crews at twenty-nine schools on one day. Working with her former student, Alex Brisker, who ran the second unit camera and his mother, Alison, our producer on set, they documented a day in the life of twin 12th grade girls on the verge of graduation.

In September, 2017 Ms. Bennett published her first book, Teaching the Art of FilmmakingThe book is part memoir but also discusses film curriculum and gives advice for building a positive classroom environment.