Yudi Bennett Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Yudi Bennett

Interviewed by: Liz Ryan

Assistant Director Yudi Bennett shares stories from her extensive career from the early beginnings of the DGA’s Assistant Director Training Program in New York, to the sets of award-winning feature films and television movies.

1st AD Yudi Bennett describes the most challenging stunt from her long career: shooting dozens of skydivers dressed as Elvis impersonators jumping out of planes and landing on a locked-down Las Vegas strip on Honeymoon in Vegas.

Bennett explains her philosophy on how an Assistant Director should run a set: calmly, with respect for everyone, and enthusiasm for the job every single day.

Bennett credits her early Director-Mentors including Alan Alda, Arthur Hiller, Jud Taylor, and Jeremy Kagan and the DGA for helping get her career started when there were very few female Assistant Directors.