Karen Odyniec - Filmmaker
Karen Odyniec

Karen is a New York City based writer and director. Showcased internationally—most notably at SXSW, Nantucket and Hamptons Film Festivals—her work has garnered Audience Choice, Best Short and Best Music Video awards. She is the recipient of screenwriting grants from the Sloan Foundation, Finnish Film Foundation and American Scandinavian Society with her romantic comedy, Charm School for Primates, an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist. She holds an M.F.A. from NYU Film, has been sponsored by Women Make Movies and produced as a playwright by The League of Professional Theatre Women. With a strong background in documentary portraiture, and copywriting (Avon, Cover Girl, Sotheby’s, Bergdorf Goodman), Karen creates advertising campaigns that bring brand stories to life. Her work includes commercials, issue-driven and legacy films. The Heart of ICWA, a series produced for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, was named a 2017 Webby Awards Honoree in Public Service and Activism. Her campaigns for the Poarch Creek Indians include Super Bowl 2018 spots running in Alabama, and a collection of portraits exhibited at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

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