Emil Benjamin is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor based out of New York City. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and MFA in Film Directing & Screenwriting from Columbia University, where he also taught undergraduate screenwriting as part of a highly-selective fellowship.
Emil's feature documentary, OYATE, about the Indigenous rights effort that emerged in the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline struggle, was recently featured in DOC NYC's "Only In New York" program and is set to premiere in 2021. 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 autobiographical feature script, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH received Faculty Honors at the Columbia University Film Festival and is currently trending on The Black List thanks to its high ratings.
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media, an international production company and artist collective based out of NYC, whose members had the rare honor of winning Best Short at the Venice Film Festival two years in a row.