In-spite of his boyhood love of photography, Terry Benedict grew up expecting to be an archaeologist who would discover the Holy Grail.
But he took a detour instead and found himself in Hollywood supervising chase scenes, most notably for “The Terminator” and “Marked For Death.”
In-between features, he worked with Academy Award® winning cinematographers Conrad Hall and Haskell Wexler to create commercials for Honda, Blue Cross, Nissan and many others. He produced numerous commercials for Japanese brands: Mitsubishi, Seagrams, and TDK Tapes – working with Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Terry followed his filmmaking passion by writing/directing Painted Hero with Dwight Yoakam and Peter Fonda. His love of imagery rekindled, he became the Director of Photography for the documentary, Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story narrated by Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins and directed by Emmy® winner Scott Goldstein. (scheduled broadcast 2012)
After working on over a dozen independent films, Benedict felt impressed to create films that inspire and promote positive messages to the global community. He produced and directed the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary film, The Conscientious Objector. Of it, San Jose Mercury News film critic Glenn Lovell said: “…it profiles with singular grace and conviction the amazing life of Desmond T. Doss.”
The film garnered more than two-dozen awards in multiple categories during a two-year run on the festival circuit including many “audience favorite” awards, a Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival and from Boston, a Humanitarian Award.
The film played on the International Documentary Association’s InFACT Documentary tour qualifying it for Academy Award consideration. It continues today to be broadcast internationally.