Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Emil Benjamin received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and MFA in Film from Columbia University, where he also taught undergraduate screenwriting as part of a highly-selective fellowship. His work is satirical, polemical, darkly comedic, and often in pursuit of social justice.
Emil’s short films White People and We Can Do It have screened and earned prizes at over a dozen festivals around the world, including Bushwick, Glasgow, Sunscreen, and Oaxaca. His pilot, Hopeless, has been shortlisted by a number of screenwriting competitions, including Flickers’ RIIFF and the Shore Scripts Pilot Contest. His feature documentary, Oyate, was recently featured in DOC NYC's "Only In New York" program.
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media, an international production company and artist collective.
www.irrelevant.media/emil
Official Selection
White People
Sunscreen Film Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida
2016
Special Mention
White People
One Reeler Short Film Competition
College
Boston University
BFA Theatre Arts
20082012
College
Columbia University
MFA Film Directing & Screenwriting
20152020
Birth Date
March 3, 1990
Nickname
Ben
Current City
New York, New York
Hometown
Cleveland, Ohio
Height
5'8"
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Pisces
“I don't believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there's one thing that's dangerous for an artist, it's precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it.” -Federico Fellini
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