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White People

Having been rejected from all the universities he applied for, young Axel must vie for his father's approval by helping him carry out an unspeakable act in this absurd, painfully first-world romp.

  • Emil Benjamin
  • Emil Benjamin
  • Emil Benjamin
  • Yossera Bouchtia
  • Michael A. Goitanich
  • Alexander J. Morgan
    Key Cast
  • Larry Morgan
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    experimental, absurdist, brechtian, dark comedy, black comedy, thriller
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg, Florida
    United States
    June 9, 2016
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • One Reeler Short Film Competition

    Special Mention
Distribution Information
  • Indyoh
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand
Director Biography - Emil Benjamin

Emil Benjamin is a filmmaker, theatre artist, and actor currently pursuing his MFA in Film at Columbia University in New York City, where he also teaches screenwriting. As an actor, he's been featured on major television shows, commercials, and a number of plays in New York City and regionally. After he discovered filmmaking while working with The Labyrinth Theater in 2013, he fell hard and fast and has dedicated himself to the craft ever since. He is the founder of Irrelevant Media, a production company that works in film, theatre, music, podcasting, and digital/interactive storytelling.

With his first two films, "White People" and "We Can Do It," Emil drew from his background in ensemble devised theatre to create heightened, absurd, and alienating experiences on screen. In his upcoming film, "Mourning, Glory!," he quite literally turns the camera around on himself to explore intimate, human relationships in a more naturalistic setting.

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Director Statement

"White People" is a cautionary tale on first world hypocrisies as well as a deranged love note to a suburban upbringing.