Dana Benson '16
Following her time with the Film and Media Studies Department, Dana Benson '16 has since gone on to work in film research, history, and talent agencies in Los Angeles. She kindly says of the FMST Department:
"Since my time in the Swarthmore FMST department I have been fortunate enough to explore many different areas in the media landscape. Directly after graduating I took a position with Modern Media Company where I wrote researched and summarized New Media figures, explored German film history, and read through acquisition contracts. I then moved on to William Morris Endeavor, one of the top talent agencies and a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to get into entertainment. While there I spent time in the commercials department, where I got to interact with musicians, activists, politicians, and actors on a daily basis and help guide them towards brands and causes that spoke to their personal interests. My own interests have slowly moved towards non-profit marketing and I will now be starting a career at the prestigious Library Foundation of Los Angeles, where I hope to not only learn about development and donor relations, but also aligning the for-profit and non-profit spheres.
Without the FMST department at Swarthmore I would be unable to think critically about the longer-term impact of decisions made on behalf of clients. My exposure to films across genres, languages and time periods meant that I was uniquely qualified to evaluate the importance of certain icons and put them into both contemporary and modern perspectives. This department’s focus on theory makes its graduates better critical thinkers and competitive candidates in an evolving film industry."