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Bennett bags DGA honor

Kudo bestowed on assistant director for career achievement

The Directors Guild of America has tapped veteran assistant director Yudi Bennett as recipient of this year’s Frank Capra Achievement Award.

The kudo, given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement, will be presented to Bennett at the DGA Awards on Saturday at the Century Plaza Hotel. Past recipients of the award include Burt Bluestein, Cheryl Downey and Bob Jeffords.

Bennett began working as a second assistant director following training under the DGA Trainee Program. She became a first assistant director on “The Four Seasons” in 1981.

She worked on “Kramer vs. Kramer” (second AD) and “The Beach Boys: An American Family” (first AD), which both won DGA awards, as well as “Annie” (first AD) and “Broadcast News” (first AD), which were nominated for DGA awards.

Other credits include “Watching Ellie,” “Pleasantville,” “The Game,” “Star Trek: Generations” and “The Client.”

Bennett has been a member of the national board of directors since 1995 and is serving her third term as 1st vice chair of the West Coast AD/UPM/TC Council of which she has been a member since 1989. She is serving on the guild’s administrative, orientation and safety committees.

Bennett became a trustee of the DGA Pension and Health Plans in 2000 and has been a trustee of the DGA Foundation for 10 years.

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