Karen Pearlman

Karen Pearlman writes, directs and edits screen productions and she writes about screen culture and creative processes.

She is a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, and has produced, directed or edited numerous highly acclaimed short films and the short feature Thursday’s Fictions. Her recent half hour documentary ‘…the dancer from the dance’ was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, and a finalist for an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary.

Karen is a lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University, and she held the post of Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS for 6 years. She is the author of ‘Cutting Rhythms’, Intuitive Film Editing (Focal Press). Her work as an editor includes documentary, dancefilm and drama and she was the 2009-2010 President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild.

Before taking up filmmaking, Karen had a distinguished career as a professional dancer – performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company on the Opera House stages of the world and directing two dance companies. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS, an MA from AFTRS, and a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.