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Biography

Dr Karen Pearlman writes, directs and edits screen productions and she researches and writes about screen culture, feminist film histories, distributed cognition, and creative processes.

Karen is a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, through which she has developed, produced, directed, or edited numerous highly acclaimed short films, online and mobile productions and two short features. Karen’s 2016 film, Woman with an Editing Bench, won the national ATOM Award for Best Short Fiction, the Australian Screen Editors' Guild (ASE) Award for Best Editing in a Short and 6 other film festival awards. Her 2018 documentary ‘After the Facts’ was also honoured with an ASE Award for Best Editing, after its screenings at the Sydney International Film Festival, the Adelaide International Film Festival, the Perth Revelation Film Festival and the Antenna Documentary Film Festival. 

Karen's 2014 half hour documentary ...the dancer from the dance was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, and also a finalist for an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary. Her recent film Digital Afterlives, made in collaboration with co-director of The Physical TV Company, Richard James Allen, has screened at over 30 international dancefilm festivals and picked up awards for editing and for innovation in U.S. dancefilm festivals. 

Karen is a senior lecturer in Screen Production and Practice at Macquarie University where her research has been supported by a Macquarie University New Staff Grant, a Faculty of Arts Themed Workshop grant, two Faculty Research Travel Scheme grants, and a Macquarie Research Seed Grant.

Before joining Macquarie, Karen held the post of Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS for 6 years and was a partner investigator in the ARC/Australia Council funded investgation Games and the Wider Interactive Entertainment Industry in Australia: an inquiry into sources of Innovation.  Karen is the author of Cutting Rhythms, Intuitive Film Editing (now in its 2nd edition with Focal Press/Taylor &Francis). In addition to Cutting Rhythms, her publications include editing Performing the Unnameable; An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (Currency Press, 1999) and she has published academic essays and articles in the International Journal of Screendance; Participations Journal of Audience Research; Metro, RealTime, The Journal of Performance Studies, Projections, Apparatus, and other anthologies and journals.

Karen's work as a professional editor includes documentary, dancefilm and drama. She was the 2009-2010 President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and enjoys her ongoing association with the guild as a full member and frequent public speaker. Before taking up filmmaking, editing and film studies, 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, two MAs - one from UTS and one from AFTRS, and a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Research student supervision

Principal Supervisor

Michelle Mead (MRes current)

'Can a superhero fight patriarchy? Challenging the ancient masculinisation of mythic heroism in modern superhero action cinema

 

Emmeline Dulhunty (Mres current)

'The Aesthetics of Mood in Cinema'

  

Emma Watkins (MRes completed 2018, PhD current)

'Creative sign language, dance, and film editing - a series of tests in formal integration'

 

Kevin Lucas (MRes 2017 completed)

THE AGE OF THE ABORIGINAL AVATAR: reclaiming the sacred in a Virtual World

 

Margaret McHugh (MRes 2017 completed)

POETIC HONESTY – THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN HYBRID DOCUMENTARY

 

Margaret Meehan (Mres 2018 completed)

The Art of Mentoring: examining some practices of media mentorship in multicultural Australia.

 

Associate Supervisor

Saba Vasafi (PhD current)

Carolyn Strahan (PhD current0

Cleo Mees (PhD 2018)

Andrew Sully (PhD 2017)

External positions

Head of Screen Studies, Australian Film Television and Radio School

1 Mar 20091 Mar 2014

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Projects 2014 2021

Research Outputs 1999 2019

production process
university
Teaching
learning
teaching situation

I want to make a film about women

Pearlman, K., 2019

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual productsResearch

Documentary
Varvara Stepanova
Russian Constructivists

On rhythm in film editing

Pearlman, K., 2019, The Palgrave handbook of the philosophy of film and motion pictures. Carroll, N., Di Summa-Knoop, L. T. & Loht, S. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 143-163 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Editing
Rhythm
Continental
Cognitivist
Affective

Shaping edits, creating fractals: a cinematic case study

Cutting, J. E. & Pearlman, K., Mar 2019, In : Projections : the journal for movies and mind. 13, 1, p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fractals
drama
Luminance
editor
Fractal

These edits are my thoughts

Pearlman, K., 14 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Filmmaking
Distributed Cognition
Creativity
Documentary
Research Projects

Activities 2009 2019

Columbia University

Karen Pearlman (Visiting researcher)
Aug 2019 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Life Writing (Journal)

Karen Pearlman (Reviewer)
10 Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Merrily we go to hell

Karen Pearlman (Speaker), Kathryn Millard (Speaker), Nicole J Anderson (Speaker), Catharine Lumby (Speaker), Intan Paramaditha (Speaker), Stefan Solomon (Speaker)
26 Jun 20191 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Perception (Journal)

Karen Pearlman (Reviewer)
25 Nov 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Woman with an Editing Bench

Karen Pearlman (Speaker)
18 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

London International Screendance Festival 2019

Karen Pearlman

12/11/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Short stories on the big screen

Karen Pearlman

14/06/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Discovering the uncredited woman editor of Soviet montage films

Karen Pearlman

30/01/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Sydney Film Festival 2018 & representation of women

Karen Pearlman

26/05/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other