karenborger

FILMMAKER

 ABOUT 

An accredited member of the Australian Directors Guild and Australian Writers Guild, Karen Borger is an award-winning filmmaker, a graduate of Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the David Lynch Masters in Film (DLMA). She has enjoyed a successful career in the professional screen and media industries of Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the United States. As an Australian citizen and US Permanent Resident, Karen Borger is legally permitted to work in both countries.


In 2016, Karen drafted the screenplay for feature film 'Released' in New Mexico, USA and traveled across Australia directing episodes of the ABC3 series, 'This Is Me'.


Karen is currently developing and writing feature films, episodic series and MMO game projects for both Australia and US markets, and available for writing and directing projects. 

Two of Karen's earliest short films, 'Uniform' and 'Crossing The Line' were screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival and on SBS TV. Karen directed, 'The Last Newsreel' for the National Film and Sound Archive which screened on opening night of the Melbourne International Film Festival and in the Sydney Film Festival. Karen's AFTRS graduation film, 'Serendipity' won best screenplay award at the St Kilda Film Festival, was highly awarded at The Dendys and screened internationally at the BFI London Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand Festival. 

Karen worked with various production companies as a freelance director in Australia and Asia. Projects include high-end television commercials, music video clips, short films and a TV documentary for SBS TV - 'The Last True Action Hero', financed through an AFC/SBSi accord. Awards include Advertising Effectiveness Awards Gold for TVC 'Sugar' and also for Weetbix '9 out of 10' presented by The Communications Council of Australia. 


Subsequently, Karen wrote feature screenplays under contract with Lotus Films. One feature project, 'Borrowed Light', with Karen as attached writer/director was invited to the prestigious 2006 FTO (Screen NSW) premium development program, mentored by screenwriters Robin Swicord, Laura Jones, Director Geoffrey Wright  & Writer/Director LonĂ© Scherfig. 


In 2006, Karen won a national pitch competition for a cinematic project with SPAA and Universal Music for Australian music legends Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Charlie Owens. The film, 'All Is Forgiven' screened at the St Kilda Film Festival and chosen for the 'Best of the Fest' national touring festival, in the Woodford Festival, was awarded Best Film at the Wollombi Film Festival, and also screened in Canada as the companion short for John Hillcoat's celebrated feature film 'The Proposition' and on the ABC's Rage and the Sunday Arts program.


Relocating to Los Angeles in 2007, Karen joined the Disney Interactive Media Group working as Director of Original Content for Disney.com, then took freelance assignments for production companies in Los Angeles and New York, and enjoyed a subsequent engagement with the Disney Imagineers and WDPRO as the filmmaker for Blue Sky projects in 2010-2011. 

A children's series Karen co-wrote, directed and produced, 'Real Disney Theme Park Science' won the 2011 Internet Advertising Competition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Webisodes. 


In Australia, during 2011, an art photography exhibition 'Wanderlust'. was exhibited at the Regional Gallery, the Glasshouse Arts Centre in Port Macquarie, NSW. 

While developing feature film projects, in 2012 Karen was selected to attend the Cannes Film Festival Screen Australia sponsored market induction program, held in collaboration with Initialize Films, an international media consultancy which provides producers with strategic advice, working alongside national film funds and media consultants from Europe.

Karen was invited to the David Lynch Masters in Film program in 2014, graduating in June 2015. 

Her short film, '100 Miles to Lordsburg' is currently enjoying film festival success in America, and a second project, 'Newsraven', is in development with a draft pilot episode script and a teaser-trailer completed.



PRESS LINKS


NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/arts/design/the-green-book-legacy-a-beacon-for-black-travelers.html?_r=0


THE GREENBOOK PROJECT WEBSITE

http://greenbookmovie.com/


SHELLEY CARNEY PODCAST. RE 100 Miles to Lordsburg 00:40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKt57tBwcNs


DLMA in LA

https://www.mum.edu/david-lynch-ma-in-film-students-meet-david-lynch-and-jim-carrey/


BELLAFIGURA PROJECT WEBSITE

http://bellafigurafilm.webs.com/currentprojects.htm


INDIEBOOGIE PROFILE

https://www.indieboogie.com/profiles/karen-borger


DLMA ALUMNI PROFILE

https://www.mum.edu/ma-in-film/meet-hire-dlma-alumni/alumni-gallery/karen-borger/


INTERVIEW w. MAHARISHI UNIVERSITY

https://www.mum.edu/student-profile-karen-borger/


INTERVIEW PODCAST w. FILM FERVOUS

http://filmfervor.com/film-fervor-episode-5-karen-borger-2/


ENCOUNTER ENTERTAINMENT

http://encounterentertainment.webs.com/


BIITE SCREEN AND MEDIA UNIT VIDEO INTERVIEW

https://vimeo.com/68503347


ART EXHIBITION PORT MACQUARIE

http://portmacquarie.focusmag.com.au/port-macquarie-high-schools-50th-anniversary/


ONE DAY ON EARTH LA 2050 PITCH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3oHEf_5I1Y


INTERVIEW w. FOCUS MAGAZINE

http://portmacquarie.focusmag.com.au/film-director-and-photographer-karen-borger/


INFO on SYVF

http://heyevent.com/venue/vplfsrpwaujkga


SHARE YOUR VOICE TESTIMONIALS

http://www.shareyourvoicefoundation.org/why-we-do-it/testimonials/


SCREEN AUSTRALIA CANNES  BOOKLET P.10

https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/getmedia/0e30255a-07b0-45f0-95b7-bf8bb4b10b78/CannesProducers2011.pdf


HEART OF JADE - UK

http://www.visioncreator.com/#actor


AUSTRALIANS AT CANNES

http://www.australiaatcannes.com/2013/popups/producers/Pop_Bellafigura.htm


AUSTRALIANS IN FILM MEMBER INTERVIEW - SYVF P.9

http://issuu.com/australiansinfilm/docs/aif_boomerang_march_2010?viewMode=magazine


RAGE TV - - ALL IS FORGIVEN

https://www.questia.com/magazine/1G1-144012379/rage-and-the-artist-s-persona-creation-consumption


AGE ARTICLE - ALL IS FORGIVEN

http://www.theage.com.au/news/film/cinematic-harmony/2006/05/25/1148524796298.html?page=fullpage


AURORA WORKSHOP

http://hugo.random-scribblings.net/?p=7163


AURORA FUNDING - BORROWED LIGHT p79

http://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/data/publish/3/AR_2005-2006.pdf


LAST TRUE ACTION HERO

http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/last-true-action-hero/

http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/last-true-action-hero/


SCREEN AUSTRALIA LISTING

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/find-a-film/detailrole.aspx?pid=2079&name=Karen-Borger


CINENOVA LISTING

http://www.theshowroom.org/programme.html?id=726,1236