Marlo Bendau

Portland, Oregon, United States


Marlo Bendau, Director, Writer, Producer Marlo is an award-winning producer, director and WGA writer who's experience in the industry spans thirty years. Her first independent film, Dreams Under Fire about Los Angeles area gangs won Best Documentary, the Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1991. Her film Auto Obsession won second place at the 1992 Houston International Film Festival. She directed 6 of 10 films for the PBS series Works in Progress about contemporary American artists, funded by the Annenberg/CPB project in 1995-1997. She was the recipient of an ITVS LINCS project grant with KCET-TV for the emmy award winning documentary Dreams on Fire in 1998. She directed the PBS special Dangerous Friends, Friendly Enemies about the deadly Hantavirus in 1999. She began her career as a reporter for the CBS Network News and a producer for NBC's Today Show. She was the co-creator and executive producer of two original television series. Created for TBS in 1989, Earthbeat focused on solutions to environmental problems. The reality show First Response created for USA network in 1997 depicted the daily drama of firefighters' lives. She has directed educational documentaries in french and spanish for The McGraw-Hill Publishing Companies and films for several museums including The Getty Center in Los Angeles.