Bmakin Film. I dream in color with sounds and music, so making movies is really a dream come true.
Ben Makinen - Award-winning filmmaker, music producer, composer and percussionist. Founder of Bmakin Film ltd and the International Modern Film Alliance (IMFA). Makinen is also a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys) Producers and Engineers Wing.
His first feature length documentary film, JazzTown, is on the 2021/22 film festival circuit and has won 14 awards as of July, 2021 including Best Director and Best Picture. This film is the first feature length of its kind to made entirely by one person.
With over 40 years professional experience in film, television, theatre and music production Makinen enjoys a collaborative reputation throughout an international community of multi-media clientele.
Ben began working professionally as a drummer in 1980. He has worked as a music producer and composer since 1990. Makinen began making short films with his company Bmakin Film (music video, experimental, narrative, investigative journalism and documentary) since its formation in 2001. Ben has also taught and conducted jazz workshops and has been a guest speaker in film studies classes.
Ben's short - Anthropocene - is an Official Selection at the EFPalooza 2019 Film Festival. His music video Alone At Sunset won Best Sound Design in the 2019 Nederland International Film Festival and is a 2021 Official Selection of the Anotolia International Film Festival. His music video Hypomania is also an Official Selection at the 2021 Anatolia International Film Festival and is a Finalist in the 2021 4th Dimension International Film Festival.
In June of 2019 he was hired as the band videographer for Denver-based gamelan Tunas Mekar's 2-week Indonesian tour across the island of Bali . There he met his current wife on set: he asked her to marry him one week after meeting her. They have just celebrated the 1st birthday of their son Matteo.
Ben founded the International Modern Film Alliance (IMFA) in 2020 as a way to develop and nurture filmmakers who lack access to resources and instruction. The IMFA's mission statement is, "to teach and promote the art of storytelling through the marriage of music and film."
Ben Makinen leads IMFA workshops for children and young adults in Bali, Indonesia while collaborating with local film production companies and is looking to raise funds and awareness to continue building creative collaborations between the US and Indonesia.
More at benmakinen.com
  • Writer (8 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz, Trailer2021
    Documentary
    Hypomania2020
    Music Video
    All Blues - Robert Johnson2019
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
    The Mission2019
    Experimental, Short
    Alone At Sunset2018
    Music Video
    Anthropocene2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Director (8 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz, Trailer2021
    Documentary
    Hypomania2020
    Music Video
    All Blues - Robert Johnson2019
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
    The Mission2019
    Experimental, Short
    Alone At Sunset2018
    Music Video
    Anthropocene2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Cinematographer (7 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz2021
    Documentary
    Hypomania2020
    Music Video
    All Blues - Robert Johnson2019
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
    The Mission2019
    Experimental, Short
    Alone At Sunset2018
    Music Video
    Anthropocene2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Editor (7 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz2021
    Documentary
    Hypomania2020
    Music Video
    All Blues - Robert Johnson2019
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
    The Mission2019
    Experimental, Short
    Alone At Sunset2018
    Music Video
    Anthropocene2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Producer (7 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz, Trailer2021
    Documentary
    Hypomania2020
    Music Video
    All Blues - Robert Johnson2019
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
    The Mission2019
    Experimental, Short
    Anthropocene2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Music Producer (4 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    Hypomania2020
    Music Video
    The Mission2019
    Experimental, Short
    Anthropocene2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Composer (3 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    The Mission2019
    Experimental, Short
    Anthropocene2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Executive Producer (2 Credits)
    JazzTown2021
    Documentary
    Who Killed Jazz2021
    Documentary
  • Photographer (1 Credit)
    Who Killed Jazz, Trailer2021
    Documentary
  • Graphic Artist (1 Credit)
    Who Killed Jazz, Trailer2021
    Documentary
HONORABLE MENTION BEST MOVIE POSTER
Who Killed Jazz, Trailer
Cinematic European Film Festival
Bain
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Who Killed Jazz
Crown Wood Film Festival
Kulkata
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Who Killed Jazz
London Movie Awards
London
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Who Killed Jazz
Barcelona International Film Festival
Barcelona
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Who Killed Jazz
New York Neorealism Film Festival
NEW YORK CITY
2021
HONORABLE MENTION
Who Killed Jazz
Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival
Tokyo
2021
HONORABLE MENTION - BEST MOVIE POSTER
Who Killed Jazz
Cinematic European Film Festival
Bain
2021
HONORABLE MENTION - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Who Killed Jazz
Cinematic European Film Festival
Bain
2021
HONORABLE MENTION
Who Killed Jazz
New York Movie Awards
New York City
2021
NOMINEE
Who Killed Jazz
International Motion Picture Awards
Toronto
2021
NOMINEE
Who Killed Jazz
Cannes Shorts
Cannes
2021
SEMI-FINALIST
Who Killed Jazz
Pheonix Shorts
Phoenix
2021
FINALIST
Who Killed Jazz
VYRE Film Festival
2021
BEST EDITING SHORT FILM
Who Killed Jazz
Onyko Films Awards
2021
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Who Killed Jazz
Bridge Fest
2021
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Who Killed Jazz
Naples Movie Awards
Naples
2021
GOLD AWARD BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Who Killed Jazz
Hollywood Gold Awards
Hollywood
2021
Official Selection
Hypomania
Iconic Images Film Festival
2021
Finalist
Hypomania
Fourth Dimension Independent Film Festival
Ubud
2021
Official Selection
JazzTown
Anatolia International Film Festival
Istanbul
2021
Official Selection
JazzTown
Big Apple Film Festival
New York City, New York
2021
Official Selection
JazzTown
Logcinema Music Film Festival
Barcelona
2021
Official Selection
JazzTown
Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge
2021
Official Selection
JazzTown
CKF International Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
JazzTown
International Symbolic Film Festival
Saint Petersburg
2021
NOMINEE
JazzTown
Kurdistan International Independent Film Festival
Kurdistan
2021
SEMI FINALIST
JazzTown
World Independent Short Film Awards - Baliwood Bali
Badung, Bali
2021
FINALIST
JazzTown
Fourth Dimension Independent Film Festival
Ubud
2021
FINALIST
JazzTown
Europa Film Festival
Barcelona
2021
AWARD OF RECOGNITION: Documentary Feature
JazzTown
IndieFEST Film Awards
La Jolla, California
2021
Winner: CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARD
JazzTown
World Film Carnival
Singapore
2021
BEST SOUNDTRACK
JazzTown
New Orleans Second Line Film Festival
New Orleans
2021
Winner - BEST DIRECTOR
JazzTown
San Diego Movie Awards
San Diego
2021
Winner - BEST PICTURE
JazzTown
Rome Movie Awards
Rome
2021
Official Selection
Alone At Sunset
Anatolia International Film Festival
Istanbul
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Anthropocene
Crown Wood FIlm Festival
Kolkata
2021
FINALIST
Anthropocene
Cosmo Genetics Film Festival Saint Petersburg 2021
Saint Petersburg
2021
Semi-Finalist (judging in progress)
The Mission
World Independent Film Awards - Baliwood Bali
Badung, Bali
2021
Finalist
The Mission
Fourth Dimension Independent Film Festival
Ubud
2021
Official Selection
All Blues - Robert Johnson
Iconic Images Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
The Mission
2020 EFPalooza Film Festival
Denver, Colorado
2020
Best Sound Design/Official Selection
Alone At Sunset
Nederland International Film Festival
Nederland
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Anthropocene
Nederland International Film Festival
Nederland
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Anthropocene
EFPALOOZA Film Festival 2019
Denver, Colorado
2019
High School
Bishop Kelly High School
19811982
High School
Overland High School
19821985
Birth Date
March 14, 1967
Birth City
Waterville
Current City
Ungassan, Bali, Indonesia
Hometown
Denver, Colorado
Gender
Male
Zodiac Sign
Pisces
Married To
A beautiful woman from Bali named Lohde:-)
Children
4
Worked as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Outsiders.
As a 15 year old in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I stayed up all night smoking hash with Dennis Hopper and stunt man Buddy Joe Hooker and then, 2 hours later, took a math final in high school.
I have a signed autograph from James Doohan, "Scotty" from Star Trek (TOS) after having met him at a StarTrek convention in Ellensburg, Washington circa 1976.
I appeared, along with pianist John Kite and bassist Ian Hutchinson, as the jazz drummer in the first commercial ever shot and produced for Denver’s historic Brown Palace Hotel that was built in 1892.
I have never been to Africa, but a friend of mine took my wisdom teeth to Africa and threw them into the Nile River so that part of me will always be in Africa whether I am able to visit or not.
“Both described at the same time how it was always March there and always Monday, and then they understood that José Arcadio Buendía was not as crazy as the family said, but that he was the only one who had enough lucidity to sense the truth of the fact that time also stumbled and had accidents and could therefore splinter and leave an eternalized fragment in a room.”
--- Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
"So that happened."
--- Alec Bladwin's character Bob, stepping out of a car crash in David Mamet's film State and Maine
Bmakin Film. I dream in color with sounds and music, so making movies is really a dream come true.